Pet tips and resources
Just like people, your pets have to be prepared for winter weather too. It's important to make sure your pet is kept safe and warm no matter the conditions outside.
- As always, the best thing to do is to keep your pet inside when it's cold and wet outside. Of course, dogs do have to go out to do their "business," but limit the time they spend in the elements.
- Provide outdoor animals with a warm, dry, secure shelter out of the wind, such as a garage, barn, or insulated pet house.
- Always have fresh, clean, unfrozen water available for pets. Your dog or cat is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer. Snow is not a satisfactory substitute for water.
- Ice melting chemicals can injure your pet's paws. They could also get sick from licking the residue off their feet or the floor. After pets have been outside, clean their paws well, making sure to check between the pads for clumps of ice, snow, or ice melting chemicals. Wipe up any melted snow or ice you may have tracked indoors.
- Gently towel or blow-dry your dog or cat if they get wet.
- Cats and kittens often nap on warm car engines and hoods. Knock on the hood or honk the car horn before starting the engine.
- Pets like the smell and taste of antifreeze, but even a small amount can kill them. Clean up spills at once, and store antifreeze securely away from pets.
- Groom your pets. Pets need well-groomed coats to keep them properly insulated.
- If you do suspect your pet has become sick or injured, contact your veterinarian immediately. If you see an animal in distress due to the cold, call 9-1-1 or your area's animal control agency. To reach RASKC, call 206-296-7387 (PETS).
RASKC is pleased to share these behavior and wellness resources from nationally recognized animal welfare organizations. You can also find more resources on our Pet Assistance Program page.
- Your new dog
- Aggressive behavior
- Destructive Chewing
- Crate training
- Dog reactivity
- Fearful behavior
- House training
- Introducing dog to dog
- Loose leash walking
- Preventing jumping
- Resource guarding
- Separation anxiety
- Traveling with pets
- Interacting safely with dogs
- Children and dogs
- Under socialized dogs
- Dog enrichment
- Your new cat
- Aggression between cats
- Cat aggression towards people
- Destructive scratching
- Fearful behavior in cats
- Indoor vs. outdoor cats
- Introducing cat to cat
- Introducing cats to other pets
- Litter box problems
- Marking behavior
- Overstimulation in cats
- Traveling with pets
- Children and Cats: Important Information for Parents
- Adopting an Under socialized Cat
- Play with your Cat
- Understanding Why your Cat is up at Night
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For wellness, holiday, and weather-related pet safety tips, visit our blog Tails from RASKC.