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.