Winter weather doesn’t just affect you; it also affects your pets. And pets depend on you for their safety. There are many ways to be prepared for the cold, so why not start planning now? Check out these helpful hints!

1) Provide an adequate shelter, protected from the wind, snow and rain. Use straw, shavings or a blanket to keep pets toasty. All PET also sells a variety of indoor and outdoor heated pads, made just for pets, that provide low heat. Just make sure that all pets have room in their homes to periodically get off of any heated beds.

2) Dogs walking in snowy areas may develop large ice balls between their pads, which can cause them to limp. Be sure to keep ice clear from this area, and be sure to use an ice melt product that is safe for animals, such as Paw Thaw (download the Gazette for a valuable coupon!). For dogs that have a lot of hair between their pads, keeping it clipped shorter will help with ice-ball formation. Dog Boots also offer protection to any dogs that will tolerate wearing them. Boots also help protect dogs from any harmful salts or chemicals.

3) Cats are heat seekers and often look for warmth under the hood of a car. Before starting your car, knock on the hood or honk the horn to scare off any cats and prevent a needless winter tragedy!

4) Keep all antifreeze out of the reach of pets. Antifreeze is sweet and most animals will lap it right up, but it is, to them, a lethal poison!

5) Make sure your pet always has ID on, especially in the winter.
In the snow, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. Because of this, more dogs are lost during winter than any other season.

6) Never shave your dog in the winter as a longer coat will provide more warmth. Likewise, we suggest using a coat or sweater for shorter hair dogs in the winter months to keep them from getting too chilly!

Following these tips will certainly help keep your pets safe during the winter months. If you have any questions about how to “winterize” your pet, your home, or your pet’s homes, let us know! We’ll do all we can to make sure you and your pet happy all year long. Stop by All PET – where our next warm, satisfied customer is YOUR pet!

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