Weather Dangers:
Frightful weather can spell DISASTER
for your Pet's health!

Winter Weather "DOS" and "DO NOTS":

Despite their fur coats, winter can be challenging for dogs and cats. Here is a list of "Dos" and "Do Nots" to help protect your pets during the long, cold winter months:
  • DO keep your pet inside when the temperature is below freezing.
  • For outdoor pets, DO be sure they have proper shelter and that their water is not frozen.
  • After walks in the snow or anywhere that rock salt or other chemical de-icers are in use, DO be sure to wipe off your dog's legs, paws and belly to prevent them from licking and ingesting those potentially dangerous substances.
  • DO NOT leave your cat or dog in a car during cold weather.
  • If your pet gets stuck outside in freezing weather for a long time it may get hypothermia. Signs include a slow pulse, shallow breathing, disorientation, collapse and unconsciousness. If wet, DO dry your pet thoroughly, and then place warm (not hot) water bottles wrapped in towels around your pet. The ears, paws and other poorly insulated parts of the body may have frostbite; DO NOT RUB OR APPLY SNOW TO THESE PARTS. DO thaw the area slowly and get your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
  • Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. DO clean up any spills and consider using products that contain propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol.

Summer Weather "DOS" and "DO NOTS":

The heat of the summer can also take its toll on your pets. Follow these simple "Dos" and "Do Nots" to help protect your pets from the dangers of the hot summer months:
  • DO NOT let your pet walk on hot pavement during extreme summer temperatures. This can cause burns and blisters on your pet's paws. DO NOT take dogs on long walks in the heat. Older dogs should be taken on very short walks and only if necessary.
  • DO be sure to have proper shelter, shade and water available at all times. Some pets enjoy having fresh water available with refreshing ice cubes in their drinking water. Drinking water should be changed 3-4 times daily and should be kept in a shaded, cool place. Some pets enjoy "kiddie" pools (filled at appropriate water levels) to cool off and get refreshed - keep in shade.
  • DO keep older pets and short-muzzled dogs inside in a cool temperature. DO NOT leave them outside where the extreme heat can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • DO NOT leave your pet or cat in a car during the hot summer months. Just a few minutes in a car, even with the windows cracked, can reach a temperature of 125 degrees or higher which can be deadly to your pet.
  • DO be aware of the signs of heat stroke. A pet caught in the heat for too long may suffer heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke include the skin being hot to the touch, vomiting, drooling, rapid panting, distress, loss of coordination, collapse and unconsciousness. Cool the head and body with wet towels, ice packs or cold water. DO NOT immerse the pet in cold water. Small amounts of water to drink may be offered after the pet is cooling down. Get your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
  • DO keep up with regular grooming on your pet. Regular clips, bathing and ear cleaning will help keep your pet healthier and happier. If your pet has sensitive light-colored skin, you might want to consider the use of a sunscreen. Consult your professional groomer concerning these important grooming issues to learn about what is best for your particular breed.
Be sure to keep your pet safe during all weather extremes. Your pet counts on you to protect him from the dangers of the environment around him. If you take the precautions and avoid dangerous situations, you and your pet can have a loving, lifelong relationship!