Helpful tips for keeping our four legged friends warm and safe.

We love our pets, so keeping them safe in the wintertime should be a top priority. See below for some friendly reminders detailing how you can ensure your pet stays warm, happy and out of harm’s way even on the dreariest of winter days.

Beware of sidewalk salt and de-icer.  Pets’ paws are extremely sensitive, so prolonged exposure to sidewalk salt can be problematic. If you walk your dog regularly in areas where sidewalk salt is used during inclement weather, wipe the underside of paws with warm water and a clean towel when you go back inside. Doing so also eliminates risk of ingestion if your pup licks its paws often. Keep an eye on your pet’s toe pads for severe dryness, cracking or bleeding.

Bring pets indoors.  Just as in summer months when temperatures reach extreme highs, pets should be brought inside during extreme wintertime lows. This applies for daytime and nighttime temperatures, so check your local weather daily and limit your pup’s outside time if the forecast is looking chilly. And remember—if you’re uncomfortable with the outside air temperature, chances are your pet is too.

Bundle them up!  When pets do go outside during the cold winter months, those with thinner fur coats may need extra warmth. Your local pet store should have an assortment of extra layers for your dog—even winter boots for pups who need extra paw protection from the cold and ice. Only add layers if your pet can truly benefit. If you’re unsure, ask your veterinarian.

Keep your pet active and out of trouble.  During inclement weather when you can’t make it outside with your pup, set aside some extra time during the day to make sure they have some exercise—even 15 minutes of playtime helps. Paying attention to your pup keeps them engaged and happy, and ensures no bad behavior caused by boredom.