According to the ASPCA, more pets get lost in the winter than any other season – mainly because they lose their scent much easier in the snow and can become disoriented in a snowstorm. Which means we as pet owners need to take winter safety seriously. Sure, you may stay indoors considerably more in the winter months but the times you do venture outside there are some must-have precautions you should take to ensure your pal stays safe and sound in the snow.
- D. – Make sure your pet’s chip and tags are up-to-date and secure and that they are always wearing their collar when going outside, even if it’s just for a minute.
- Reflective Gear – Whether it’s a brightly colored vest or reflective collar, this small thing could make a huge difference in locating your pet in the snow – don’t discount their effectiveness.
- Paw Checks – Make sure to check your pet’s paws after every outing in the snow and rid them of any ice or melting salt, which can cause painful burning to their paw pads. You can also consider doggy booties (if your pal will let you) to ensure their paws stay dry and that they always have traction when walking.
- Jacket or Sweater – Even big dogs’ coats may need a boost in the winter months; if your pet shivers or shows hesitation when it comes time to go outside, consider a jacket or sweater to keep them nice and warm. Not only that, but if they DO get lost they’ll at least stay a little warmer in the interim until you find them (and may make them easier to spot.)
- Car Safety – It’s super important to be safe with pets in the car during all seasons, but with slick, snowy roads it’s imperative to have a car harness or other method of securing your pet in the car if they’re joining you.
- Bonus Tip: Consider Upping their Chondroitin – Older pets may become stiffer in the winter months, which can be painful and cause them to withdraw from play or socializing. Talk with your vet and see if there’s an additional supplement you can give in the winter months to combat the issue.
Some pets love romping around in the fresh powder, so don’t deprive them of the season – just be safe! Is your pal a snow bird? Show us on Facebook!