Winter Pet Safety

December 23, 2020 | by BMI Staff

When it comes to winter pet safety, there are quite a few things to remember! Don’t let any of these crucial steps to protecting your pet from the elements slip through the cracks, this winter!

Keep Them Sheltered

Whether your pet spends some of their time outdoors or lives there, make sure they are provided with an adequate shelter from the elements. For the coldest time of year, it is recommended that pet dogs and cats be brought inside the home, as even the most structurally sound shelters are not suitable for near-freezing temperatures. For any extended length of time left outside, animals need a place to go that will keep them out of the wind and the snow. Make sure the shelter is sealed so as not to allow water in, and build it large enough for the animal to move freely from within. Pets tend to eat more in the colder months, because keeping themselves warm expels extra energy. Make sure they have access to plenty of food and water, and when outdoors, use plastic instead of metal bowls so their tongues don’t get stuck on the surface. Plastic will also keep the water from freezing for a bit longer, but keep a close eye on the water and replace it when it starts to solidify. 

Keep Them Bundled

Before taking your pup out for a walk, make sure they are sufficiently bundled. Most short-haired dogs are more comfortable in the cold when they are wearing a sweater. This is due to their largely exposed skin, which poses a risk for hypothermia. Even if you are planning to go on a short walk around the block, make sure to keep your pet extra warm by quickly bundling them up beforehand.

Keep Them Clean

After you’ve finished walking your pet, make sure to wipe their paws off thoroughly. A lot of people use rock salt to melt the snow and ice on their driveways and sidewalks, which can irritate your pup’s skin and be harmful if ingested. 

Keep Them Away From Poisonous Substances

Antifreeze is a common substance to use in the wintertime, and it is also very attractive to small children and animals. Make sure to wipe up spills and keep it up high and out of reach.

Keep Them Insured

If you ever travel with your pet, especially when driving conditions become more precarious in the wintertime, make sure you have our Auto Plus endorsement attached to your policy. Should your pet become injured in an automobile accident, this endorsement will help cover veterinarian fees so that you don’t have to carry that extra financial burden. 

We hope these tips help you keep your fur babies safe and healthy, this season.