Winter Pet Safety Tips

Keep Pets Indoors When Possible

If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pets. Don’t keep your pets outdoors for long periods of time during very cold weather

Provide Extra Food and Water

Pets that spend time outdoors in the winter use a lot of energy to stay warm. Provide a little extra food and regularly check your pet’s water dish to ensure the water is fresh and not frozen.

Provide Outdoor Shelter for Your Pets

If you have outdoor dogs, make sure they have a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough for pets to sit and lie down in, but small enough to retain their body heat.

Care for Your Pet's Feet

Salt and other chemicals used to melt ice and snow can harm your pet’s feet. Gently rub the bottom of your pet’s paws with a damp towel to remove these irritants after a walk, or buy dog boots to prevent paw irritation during winter weather.

Keep Antifreeze Out of Reach from Pets

Many types of antifreeze have a sweet taste that can attract animals. Keep antifreeze out of reach from your pets and clean up any spills right away to avoid antifreeze poisoning.

Use Leashes When Walking Near Water

Keep pets on a leash when walking near frozen bodies of water so they don’t run onto the ice.

Don't Lock Pets in Cars

Never leave a pet locked inside a car during extremely cold weather. Cars can act like a refrigerator, holding in cold air and putting your pet at risk.

Check Your Vehicle Before Starting the Engine

Parked vehicles can attract cats and small wildlife, which may crawl under the hood seeking warmth. Bang on your vehicle’s hood to scare away animals before starting your engine.