Winter Dangers: Keeping Your Pet Safe from Cold Weather


Winter can be a beautiful season with snow, warm fires, and hot cocoa. It can also be a dangerous one for our furry friends. As temperatures decrease, pets are more susceptible to cold-weather related injuries, illnesses, and even fatalities. Here are some tips to help keep your pet safe during the winter months.

Winter Dangers: Keeping Your Pet Safe from Cold Weather

Dress for the Weather:

If your pet has short hair or low body fat, getting cold is easy. Arthritis, as well as other conditions can make it more difficult for dogs to regulate their body temperature, making them even more susceptible to the cold. Consider a coat or sweater to keep your dog warm. Be sure to select clothing that fits your pet properly and allows for easy movement.

Be Aware of Salt and Chemicals:

Sadly, we use chemicals like ice-melt and salt to keep sidewalks and driveways safe for walking. But these chemicals can irritate, burn, or even poison our pets. Be sure to wipe your pet’s paws when you come inside to keep away any salt that was on your walks. See your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet may have ingested salt or any other de-icing chemicals.

Recognize the Signs of Hypothermia:

Hypothermia happens when a pet’s body temperature drops too low. Signs include shivering, shallow breathing, lethargy, or collapsed. Hypothermia can lead to more extreme repercussions, including cardiac arrest or even death. If you see any of these symptoms in your pet, seek emergency medical care immediately. Time is of the essence when dealing with hypothermia.

The Importance of Identification:

Winter brings limited daylight, snow-storms, and difficulties with traction. These factors increase the likelihood of a lost or disoriented pet. Be sure your pet is fitted with a durable collar and identification tags with your most recent information. Microchipping is also a good idea, providing an extra level of assurance if your pet loses its collar.


Winter can be a wonderland for our pets, but we should never forget the dangers that come with it. By taking a few simple steps, pet owners can make sure their furry friends stay safe and warm through the colder months. Move forward armed with this knowledge, and be sure to enjoy the slow pace and elegance that winter can bring.