A version of this was originally written by Matthew Hurst, the American Red Cross Greater NY Region blog
Raise your hand if you knew last Friday was Love Your Pet Day. Now, raise your hand if it was so cold out you used your cat as a foot warmer and your dog as an extra blanket to celebrate this amazing day? If you’re anywhere in the eastern half of the country, you’ve weathered a winter filled with frigid temps and snow storms.
You know how to bundle up and keep your home heated safely, but what can you do to protect and prepare your pets during the winter? Here are a few simple tips to keep them safe:
2. Be careful around space heaters! Space heaters pose many risks. Not only can they burn your pet, your pet can also knock them over and start a fire.3. Be mindful of the paws! Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
4. If pets cannot come indoors, keep them warm in a dry, draft-free space large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to keep them warm.
5. Dress your dog in style for winter weather and make sure they are wearing a collar or ID tag with their name and your cell phone number.
7. Love may be the best medicine, but if your doggy gets meds from the vet, be sure to keep some in supply in case you get snowed in this winter.
8. Be ready by keeping a preparedness kit for your pets all year long. It should include food,water, and any medications for your pets. A chew toy would also be a nice gesture.