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Cold weather can make it harder for your pet to find its way home — and other winter weather precautions for pet owners

small dog wearing coat
small dog wearing coat
Be sure to keep your pets safe and warm this winter. If they have short hair, a sweater is a great idea! Photo courtesy of Stephanie Reincheld, Sweet Expressions Photography

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (PRNewswire) — As winter storms pick up around the country, it’s important to remember to keep your pets warm in colder weather.

Petland wants to make sure pets and their owners stay warm and safe this winter.

Like humans, dogs have different levels of tolerance for colder weather. Type of fur or coat, age of dog, general health and size all factor into how a dog may fare in low temperatures.

Here are some simple tips and reminders to keep the chill off of your pet.

INSIDE IS BEST

Dogs are just as susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia as humans, so Petland encourages pet owners to bring pets inside during below-freezing weather. If they do have to be outside for any length of time, a heated water bowl and a heated doghouse or shelter are great options. So are thermal dog beds. And don’t forget to monitor your pets. If you notice any unusual behavior when your pet comes inside from the cold, make sure to consult your veterinarian.

COLLAR AND ID

Dogs sometimes get confused in the winter because the snow masks the familiar smells of home. Make sure your pooch is properly identified in case he decides to wander.

CHECK YOUR CAR

Make sure to check under the car before driving away. Cats are often attracted to the warmth and have been known to find shelter under the hood. This is also the time of year antifreeze is often in garages, and in driveways so be sure it is not within reach of your pet as it is deadly.

INSIDE SAFETY

Cold weather also spikes the use of fireplaces, space heaters and heated blankets. Make sure your pet is protected from these heating devices and that they cannot knock them over or burn themselves.

 

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