Winterize Your Pets

Maintaining your pet’s body temperature is most important, so during times of extreme cold, leave them indoors as much as possible to prevent frostbite and other illnesses.

If you have a dog with short hair, be sure to keep them bundled up in a winter sweater. Those with longer fur should steer clear of the trimmer because that hair acts as a natural warmer.

When you do bring your dog out for a bathroom break, check their paws before bringing them back in.

“There might be debris and salt in the paws that cause damage but you definitely want to wipe down their legs and their paws when they come inside just to ensure that there’s nothing stuck between their paws that can hurt them,” said Anna Payton, Executive Director for Naperville Area Humane Society.

You also want to watch their weight, pets who love the snow might need to be fed more, since they burn more energy playing outside and those who like to stay indoors can be fed a little less, to make up for the lack of exercise.

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