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The Dangers of Cold Weather For Pets

For many of us, our pets are more than just animals–they are family.  Just like with us, cold winter weather can be dangerous and uncomfortable for our pets.  You may not have realized just how harmful cold temperatures can be for the animals that live with us.  It is important to make sure you are aware of these dangers in order to keep your pets safe this winter.

Dry skin

Cold winter air causes dry, chapped, and painful skin in humans…and dogs.  In order to help prevent dry flaky skin with your pets, use a humidifier in your home.  Also, dry off your pet with a towel when they come inside.


Many of the ice melt chemicals used on sidewalks and roads can be dangerous, or even fatal, if they are swallowed.  Avoid using these in your own yard, and wipe of your pets paws when they come in from going on a walk.

Hunger….or not

In order to stay warm in cold temperatures, pets burn more calories.  If your dog or cat seems hungry after being left outside for a while, be sure to give them a little something extra!

On the flip side, pets often spend less time playing outdoors during the winter months, which means that they may actually be burning fewer calories.  If this is the case with your dog or cat, adjust its food accordingly in order to prevent weight gain.


Frostbite is especially a danger for dogs when snow and ice balls get caught in their paws.  Don’t forget to thoroughly dry their feet with a towel when they come inside.  Or, consider purchasing booties for your pet to wear outside.

When exposed to cold temperatures for too long, pets can freeze.

Remember this golden rule from the ASPCA, “…if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.”

[Sources:  ASPCA and Animal Humane Society]

Would you like more information about creating a healthy, safe, and warm home for your pet?  Contact us at FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical!

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