Tips to Protect Your Cat or Dog in Winter

An increasing number of states are passing laws which make it a crime to leave pets out in the cold, according to recent news reports.

Golden retriever in winterSo what can responsible pet owners do to make sure they are keeping their pets safe from frostbite and other winter dangers?

They can read this tip sheet from experts at BluePearl, which is designed to help pet owners protect dogs and cats in winter.

The most important information for pet owners can be summed up in four words: Pets get cold too.

“Use your common sense – if it’s negative-20 your pet doesn’t want to be out there any more than you do,” said Dr. Kimberly Helmbold, a BluePearl veterinarian who is board-certified in veterinary emergency and critical care.

“The biggest thing to realize is that our pets experience the same effects from the cold as we as humans do, Helmbold added. “So whatever you’re going to do for yourself, do for your pet.”

Here are some key tips:

Now that you know how to keep your pets safe, don’t forget to have some wintertime fun also. Here are some suggestions. As long as you take precautions, there’s no reason you can’t have fun with your pets even when the mercury drops.