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Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Winter

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This afternoon we got our first real taste of cool weather as a cold front blew in. The dogs were frisky and happy as the temperatures dropped from yesterday’s 90 degree range to today’s 60 degrees. With a possible freeze forecast for tomorrow night, it was a reminder to us that it’s time to make winterizing plans around the house…for ourselves and our dogs.

We received a list of winterizing tips from Morton’s Salt, maker of the pet-safe Morton® Safe-T-Pet®. This winter, they’re working on a public service campaign with the ASPCA to help keep pets safe; see how you can help.)

Low awareness of household hazards and prevention measures drive too many pet injuries and fatalities each year. Some quick guidelines for winter pet safety include:

  • Using pet-friendly (salt free and chloride free) ice melters such as Morton® Safe-T-Pet®.
  • Keeping anti-freeze high on shelves in sealed containers and quickly cleaning any spills/leakage.
  • Limiting outdoor time for pets when temperatures drop below freezing.
  • Checking warm spots on cars, such as hoods, where animals might seek shelter from the cold.
  • Keeping pets on a leash, especially dogs, which can become disoriented or lost when once familiar surroundings are covered in ice and snow.
  • Making sure pets are wearing identification tags and proper outerwear as needed.
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About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is an award-winning author of over 30 pet and travel books. Along with her husband, John Bigley, Paris is the founder and publisher of CatTipper and DogTipper.

  • Shelley

    This is a very helpful list of safety guidelines. Thank you. I did not know dogs can become disoriented when familiar surroundings are covered in snow. Makes sense :) Also, good to know about the Morton Safe-T-Pet product.

    • http://www.safepaw.com Steve Vernik

      WARNING: Read the back label of Safe T Pet, there are dangers you should know about. Instead check out Safe Paw Ice Melter. It is the only completely safe Ice Melter and it works much better.

  • http://kingmtntreasures.blogspot.com Tisha

    Very helpful info.

  • http://www.safepaw.com Steve Vernik

    WARNING: Read the back label of Safe T Pet, there are dangers you should know about. Instead check out Safe Paw Ice Melter. It is the only completely safe Ice Melter and it works much better. Morton is trying to trick you to gain your business. Read warning labels and protect you and your family.