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Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips 2020

Tips to protect your pets in the coming winter weather

Pet in the snowBrrrr!  Cold temperatures have finally arrived in our area, at least for the next week or so, and with them come dangerous conditions that could be hazardous to your pet’s health.    Mayor Bert Steinmann and the Ewing Township Health Department want to remind Ewing pet owners that this is the season to be especially mindful of the need to protect your pets against the severe cold.  These tips will help to keep your pet safe and healthy throughout the coming winter season. 

Just like people, pets need protection from winter weather. If your pet’s coat gets wet, the fur loses much of its insulating ability. Your pet's toes, nose, and ears are even more vulnerable to cold temperatures. Whenever the temperature drops below freezing, protect your pets by providing:

  • warm, dry, draft-free shelter
  • plenty of food
  • lots of water

Puppies and kittens as well as older dogs and cats should be kept inside, due to the lack of fat, metabolism, and the full fur coat needed to stay warm when temperatures fall. When it's cold or wet out, it's vital to keep younger, older, and sick pets indoors.

Monitor your pet closely when they are outside during winter weather conditions. Snow can freeze quickly on paws and cause problems. Salt spread on sidewalks can burn your pet’s paws. Protective booties for dogs should fit snugly, but not too tight to avoid cutting off your dog’s circulation…

Click HERE to read the rest of our Pet Winter Safety Tips.