Many people are under the impression that because their pets are covered in fur, they have a built-in protection against the cold. Unfortunately, this couldn't be further from the truth. A lot of pets simply aren't equipped to stay outside in cold weather for prolonged periods of time.

When they do, bad things can happen. There's frostbite and hypothermia, as well as the danger of antifreeze poisoning. If you suspect any of these serious conditions, take your pet to a vet immediately. Winter weather can also cause a number of smaller annoyances, like dry, irritated skin and paws.

Prevention all starts with knowing when it's too cold. Unfortunately, it depends on your pets. What's too cold for a three-year-old Husky may be quite different for a twelve-year-old Chihuahua. So take your pet's size, age, and type of coat into consideration.

It's also important to keep your pets safe while indoors during the winter. If it's cold inside, your pet may be tempted to cozy up to heaters and fireplaces, which can lead to burns or fires if something gets knocked over. Instead, opt for a Pet Bed Warmer or Amazin' Thermo-Kitty Pad to keep your furry friends warm.

If your dog loves to run around in your backyard or your cat spends her days sunbathing on your front porch, the frigid temperatures of winter may put a dent in their plans. But it doesn't have to.

There are many products on the market that can help keep your pets warm while outdoors. Try an Outdoor Heated Kitty House or Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed.

By taking a few careful precautions, such as dressing your pet in warm clothing, providing warming beds and bowls, and knowing the signs of frostbite, you and your pet can still have fun throughout the winter season.

  1. ASPCA. "Digging Deeper: Getting the Facts on the Dangers of Antifreeze and Your Pets." February 27, 2018. https://www.aspca.org/news/digging-deeper-getting-facts-dangers-antifreeze-and-your-pets
  2. VCA Hospitals. "Frostbite in Dogs." https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/frostbite-in-dogs
  3. Washington State University. "Cold Weather Pet Tips." December 8, 2000. https://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/outreach/Pet-Health-Topics/categories/miscellaneous-health-care-topics/cold-weather-pet-tips