Wednesday, January 20, 2016

9 Tips to Keep Your Pets Warm and Safe This Winter

Winter Weather #PetParedness

After a of balmy month of December that saw many New Yorkers turn on their AC more often than their heat, the reality of winter in NYC is finally upon us!

While it's critical for us to keep ourselves safe amid arctic temperatures and blizzards let's not forget about the brutal impact that severe weather can have on our four-legged friends.

So what can you do to protect and prepare your pets during the winter? Here are a few simple tips to keep them safe:

1. Bring your pets inside! It’s cold out there, and what’s bad for us is also bad for man’s best friend.

2. Be careful around space heaters! Space heaters pose many risks. Not only can they burn your pet, your pet can also knock them over and start a fire.

3. Be mindful of the paws! Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.

4. If pets cannot come indoors, keep them warm  in a dry, draft-free space large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to keep them warm.

5. Dress your dog in style for winter weather and make sure they are wearing a collar or ID tag with their name and your cell phone number.

6. These days, there’s an app for everything, including keeping your dog safe. Download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app for iOS and Android smartphones
7. Love may be the best medicine, but if your doggy gets meds from the vet, be sure to keep some in supply in case you get snowed in this winter.

8. Be ready by keeping a preparedness kit for your pets all year long. It should include food, water, and any medications for your pets. A chew toy would also be a nice gesture.
9. And in case of an emergency evacuation, never leave your pet behind in the cold. Remember, if it’s not safe enough for you, it’s not safe enough for your pet. 

Thanks to our friends at Good Dog Therapy for sharing the photos! Check out the full series here


  1. Very useful tips, thanks for sharing!

  2. It is really important to understand the importance of how weatherproof our dogs should be, especially this season. Cold weather care is important because it will prevent numerous diseases and even injuries that winter or cold weather can cause. You can learn additional information in this article:


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