You know how the song goes… “Oh… the weather outside is frightful.” The inclement weather that winter brings can be “frightful” for your fur-kids too! But your pet care professionals at Next Level Pet Care are here to help you keep your pets safe with the best winter pet safety tips.
Next Level Pet Care suggests that all our clients do a “garage check” when it starts to get cold (and all year long!). That means following these winter pet safety tips.
Get Rid of Chemical Spills and Salt-Based Ice Melters
Clean up any chemical spills and make sure to put away salt-based ice melters. Antifreeze is DEADLY. Fur-kids like it because of its sweet taste and 1 or 2 teaspoons is all it takes to kill your dog or cat. Salt can be a skin irritant. Make sure that you wash your dog’s feet when they come inside if you’ve been out walking them to prevent chemical burns.
Keep Your Pet Warm
Make sure that if you have a puppy, senior dog, or a pet with a compromised immune system, they stay in a warm, dry environment; otherwise, you may expose them to hypothermia, frostbite, or worse. Puppies, senior dogs, and sick dogs are more sensitive than others to cold temperatures.
Not sure if it’s too cold for your pup? Check out our handy temperature guide below:
Skip the Pet Haircut
Do you shave your pets down in the summer? If so, you should keep that grooming activity for the summer only. It’s best for your pet if you skip that haircut in the winter. Pets need their winter coats just like we do!
Dogs with short coats or low body fat like Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, etc. will absolutely thank you for a warm sweater or their very own winter coat when it gets cold.
Put Down a Tarp
Your pup might not want to go out to do their business in a pile of snow, and we don’t blame them. Luckily we’ve got a pro winter pet safety tip to make winter potty trips as easy as can be.
Before snowfall, lay a tarp down in your yard so that a small space can stay snow-free. When it’s time to take your pup out, remove the tarp, and voila, your dog has a nice personal potty spot that’s not covered in wet, cold snow!
Need an Extra Hand on Deck This Winter?
Working long hours or traveling and need a pet sitter or dog walker this winter? Contact Next Level Pet Care and let us meet your pet sitting and dog walking needs this winter. Our trained professionals know exactly what to do to keep your fur-kids safe and warm during the winter months.
Next Level Pet Care 508.556.0656
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