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Cold Weather Safety

Take steps to ensure your pets’ health during cold weather.


  • Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s risks in cold weather
  • Have an emergency kit that includes your pet’s needs in case of severe weather or prolonged power outage
  • If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by cold, consider a sweater or dog coat
  • Consider booties for your dog’s feet; make sure they fit!
  • Ensure outdoor pets have insulated shelter and unfrozen drinking water. In extreme cold, even outdoor pets should stay inside


  • Know your pet’s tolerance for the cold; adjust accordingly
  • Shorten walks in very cold weather
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet is shivering or extremely lethargic after being out in the cold


  • Check under your car, bang the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine
  • Use pet-safe de-icing products
  • Clean up any antifreeze spills quickly
  • Stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and streams
  • Only take your pet in the car when absolutely necessary. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle
  • Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of irritation or injury
  • Wipe down or wash your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove packed snow, ice, salt and de-icing chemicals after walks

Questions or Concerns?

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