Taking care of your pet in the winter

Just like us, our four-legged pals get cold in the winter, but that doesn’t mean they should stay inside all winter long. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your best bud safe during winter:

  • Elderly, young, or shorter haired pets cannot withstand the cold for too long. If you want to stay out for longer periods, consider getting them a sweater or jacket;
  • If you have an outdoor cat, make sure to check your car hood and wheels for sleeping kitties who are trying to keep warm;
  • Just like hot cars are dangerous for our pets in the summer, cold cars are dangerous for them in the winter. If you have to leave your pet in the car for an extended period, leave them home instead;

Make sure your bad weather emergency plan – snow days, power outages, etc. – includes your pets. Have an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medication to last your pets at least five days. While you may not need it all, it’s better to be safe.