Just like us, our pets get cold too – so it’s important to keep them safe and take precautions, especially at this time of year.
“The important thing to remember is that pets feel cold just like we do,” said Gillian Hargrave, Vice President and CEO of Lollypop Farm. “So if we’re uncomfortable, chances are they’re uncomfortable.
When coming in from a walk, you want to make sure you always check your pet’s paws and wipe them down, making sure the ice and salt are cleared out.
Particularly if you’re walking the dog on sidewalks or roads, when people are throwing salt, it can be very abrasive and hurtful on their paws,” said Hargrave. “Their paws are fairly sensitive.”
And for all those pet lovers who like to dress up their dogs in coats and booties, this is the time of year where it could actually be helpful when used outside.
“Certainly, those dogs who have a very short coat, an actual coat is helpful when you go outside. It does protect them,” Hargrave said. “You want to make sure that it’s well-fitted and you do remove it once you’re inside or when you’re not walking the dog.”
Many people know the dangers of leaving their pets in the car for the summer – but the winter is just as hazardous.
“It’s just as dangerous in the winter, because inside of your car, the temperature can drop significantly in a very short period of time,” said Hargrave.
Lastly, let the hair flow. Don’t worry about primping and grooming the dog’s hair – at least, until the cold season is over.
If you see an animal that’s in distress or not protected, you can call the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at (585) 223-6500.