People who live in areas experiencing cold weather and winter storms need to take extra precautions to keep their animals safe. Pets left to fend for themselves in cold weather are susceptible to injury and death. Here are some simple tips from American Humane:

Be Prepared

  • Plan ahead and pay attention to cold-weather warnings.
  • Unless significant power outages are experienced, most cold-weather episodes and winter storms are “shelter in place” events, so pet care needs should be planned for in the home. Keep your pet


Winter Pet Care

  • When you bathe your dogs in cold weather, make sure they are completely dry before taking them outside for a romp or walk.
  • When walking your dogs during bad weather, keep them on leash. It’s easier for a dog to become lost in winter storm conditions — more dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season. (And don’t forget to microchip and put ID tags on your dogs and cats!)


Precautions for Outdoor Pets

  • If your pet is outside during cold weather:
  • Remember that staying warm requires extra calories. Outdoor animals typically need more calories in the winter, so feed them accordingly when the temperature drops. Talk to your veterinarian for advice on proper diet.


Thank you to American Humane for this great list! View the entire list on their website!