Winter Storm Pet Safety

Labrador retriever with cap on his head in winter

Winter storms and cold weather can be dangerous for your pets.  Please keep them safe by keeping them indoors during blizzards.

– Did you know that dogs can get burns on their pads from the rock salt that is being placed on the sidewalks, driveways and streets? Commonly you may see pets lift their feet when outside on the snow/icy ground. This can be due to pain from the salt burning the pads.  Please be sure to wipe your pets’ paws when they come inside.  Licking the salt from their paws can also cause gastrointestinal distress. Booties for your dogs’ paws when walking in the snow and ice may help to prevent this.

– Did you know that dogs can get frostbite?  Frostbite may appear as different colors of skin depending on the stage…it can be white, red, or gray. Limiting the time your pet spends outdoors can prevent this ailment.

– Pets left outside for extended periods of time can also become hypothermic (very low body temperature) which can be life-threatening. Short-haired breeds are more sensitive to the cold.  Consider using doggie outerwear to keep your pet warm. Also pets who are very young, very old or have a weakened immune system may be more susceptible to hypothermia.

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