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10 Winter Weather Safety Tips for Pets

10 Winter Weather Safety Tips to help protect pets in snowy, winter weather.

In the aftermath of winter storm Nemo, we want to provide the community with 10 Winter Weather Safety Tips to help protect pets in the area.

  1. Watch those paws!  If your dog will tolerate it, consider foot protection booties or Paw Wax like Mushers Secret.
  2. When walking your dog near ice, use extra caution to avoid slipping.
  3. Do not allow your dog to run across frozen bodies of water - he could fall into icy water if the ice is too thin.
  4. If you use an indoor or outdoor fireplace, always keep a safety guard around it in order to  protect your pets from flames and soot.
  5. If your pet is in the cold and begins excessively shaking or shivering, get him back to warm shelter ASAP. If you suspect your pet is developing hypothermia, bring him to a  vet immediately.
  6. Avoid letting your pets eat snow or anything else on the ground. Dangerous objects or chemicals may be hidden in the snow.
  7. Beware antifreeze - It is highly toxic!
  8. If you have an Invisible Fence® and you suspect any risk of malfunction due to a lengthy power outage, falling debris or other unfortunate damage, use caution and walk your pet(s) on leash in a location out of harm’s way until the system can be  properly restored. You can call 800-818-3647 with questions regarding Invisible Fence®.
  9. If you have a physical fence, be sure your dogs are not able to jump over the fence when they stand atop snow drifts and piles. If so, we strongly recommend walking them on leash until the piles are cleared.
  10. In general, if you notice abnormal behavior or signs of illness in your pet, contact your vet right away.

The winter can be a fun time for pets and families to enjoy playing in the snow when using proper safety precautions. We hope everyone and their pets have safely weathered the recent storm and are able to enjoy a safe, snowy weekend.

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Baffled Resident February 11, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Adults are trying to have an intelligent conversation here Peggy. Move along........
Margaret Callahan February 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Adults use their real names. And BTW my name is Margaret, not Peggy.
Siwanoy February 11, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Salting is not even needed? I guess all those buisness's should stop salting then and just leave a nice sheet of ice on the sidewalks and when you fall its your own fault for slipping right?
Canaanite February 13, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Doesn't change the fact that they are still just dogs, and not people.
Fairfield Old Timer February 13, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Simple solution for all the Bickerers here: Use sand.

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