Pet protection in winter

By Connie Orcutt • Published: January 1st, 2018
Category: Animal Airwaves

In spite of their luxurious coats, our furry friends can take a hit in winter weather, just like we do. But there are ways to help them out before the spring thaw.

Fur loses lots of its insulating power when temperatures plummet or it gets wet. And hairless areas — like toes, ears and noses — are especially at risk of frostbite. Coats may help dogs keep warm, but cats won’t put up with them. And never leave a coat on a dog outside alone, because it can get caught or wet.

Dogs may benefit from booties, too, which protect their feet from salt and snow. But be sure they aren’t too loose or too tight. As for cats, some seek the warmth of a car engine, so make some noise before you rev it up.

Finally, no matter how much you bundle them up, young pets and seniors can’t stay warm for long outside. A few minutes in the cold is their limit.