Dog in Snow

Protect Your Pets

Protect Your Pets

during cold winter weather

Use these Humane Society tips to keep pets safe during winter.

Keep Pets Indoors

Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage. Keep pets indoors during the extreme winter weather this chilly season.

Give Plenty of Food and Water

Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic bowls for food and water; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

Be Careful with Cats, Wildlife and Cars

Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, which may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

Protect Paws from Salt

The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.

Avoid Antifreeze Poisoning 

Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and keep antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach.  Learn more about the dangers of antifreeze poisoning for cats and dogs HERE.