Everyone knows the importance of taking the proper precautions to stay safe during Wisconsin’s winter weather, but keeping pets safe during the season is just as important.
Enjoying the cold weather with pets can be a joy, provided there are some necessary steps first. Here are some important winter pet safety tips recommended by veterinarians in Wisconsin.
The first is “protect the claws”. It is important to protect pets’ paws from salt and chemicals by cleaning up after walks and using pet-safe ice melts. Another precaution is to “monitor food intake.”
A pet’s winter calorie needs vary depending on whether they need extra calories for warmth and energy or less due to reduced activity.
An important one is “don’t leave pets in the car”. Most pet owners know not to leave their pets in a hot car for safety reasons, but leaving a pet in a cold car can be just as dangerous.
Finally, be sure to “watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.”
If a pet is shivering, has frostbite, or gray skin, a veterinarian should be contacted immediately.
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