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Winter Pet Safety

Wet Weather Pet Safety Tips

1. Go outside with your dog. 

If you normally just let your dog out in the backyard, you may need to actually go with him or her when it's raining. Taking your dog for a short walk or stepping out in the yard with them will make your best buddy feel safer and it's more likely that they will feel comfortable enough to go potty.   

 

2.  Use positive reinforcement and treats.

Just like potty training, bring a few treats when you take your dog outside and reward them after they "go." Be sure to praise them enthusiastically as well.  

 

3.  Plan ahead. 

Watch the weather and take advantage of bringing your dog outside during a lull in the storm. Your pooch will more likely be open to going outside when it's sprinkling than when it's pouring rain. Also, think about your walking route. Avoid busy streets where cars will splash through puddles and drench you both and potentially scare your furry family member. 

 

4.  Stay dry.  

If your dog doesn't mind getting dressed up, try purchasing a doggie rain coat and boots for them or grab a large umbrella to shield them from the rain drops. When they get wet, keep a towel on hand so you can quickly dry them off when you return to the house to avoid water and mud on your floors and furniture.

 

5. Play indoors.

If your dog is used to going outside and running around during the day you'll want to provide them with indoor activities when it rains for long periods of time. Teach them a new trick, give them a new chew toy, play hide in seek or let them figure out a puzzle feeder or Kong ball that you can pick up at your local pet store.

 

Some pets do not like rain and some do but regardless, remember companion animals want to be with you! They are safer and dryer inside with you during rain storms, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

  • Winter Pet Safety

    • When the temperature drops, welcome your dog and cat indoors with the rest of the family.
    • If you must leave your pet outdoors, invest in a sturdy, dry and draft-free doghouse. Be sure the doghouse is large enough so s/he can sit or stand when inside, yet small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be at least two inches above the ground and covered inside with cedar shavings or straw, which dry faster that a towel or blanket if wet.
    • Replace metal dishes or bowls with plastic ones, as to prevent your dog or cat's tongue from getting stuck.
    • Cats and small wildlife are attracted to the warm engine inside of cars and trucks. To avoid injury, bang on your car's hood before starting the engine.
    • Antifreeze should be kept up and out of reach of your pet(s). It is a deadly poison that should be handled with care. Wipe up all spills immediately. Consider using antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol, which if mistakenly swallowed in small amounts will not harm your family friend.
    • Shorthaired pets may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater vest during the winter months, especially when out on a walk.
    • If using salt or other chemicals to melt snow and ice, wipe the pads of your pets' paws with a damp towel immediately. These chemicals may irritate your pets' mouth.