Because snow and ice can mask their usual scents, your pet may not be able to find their way home. Dogs are more likely to get lost during or after a blizzard. You should make sure that your pet is wearing a well fitted collar with identification and your contact information on it. Hopefully, you have your pet microchipped. But also remember to keep that registration and your contact information current.
If you have a growing pet or one that has gained or lost weight, be certain to adjust their collar to maintain a good fit. Slide two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck to be certain it is properly adjusted.
If your pet dashes out of the house or otherwise away from you, their identification on their collar is the quickest way for their safe return to you.
If you have a pet who has never worn a collar or objects to one, you can get them to gradually adjust to it. Place the collar on your pet and be certain that it is well fitted. Leave it on the pet for a few minutes and gradually up the time that it is on your pet. Reward them with some playtime or a treat as you remove the collar. Don’t leave the pet unsupervised until they are comfortable wearing the collar permanently.
Also, make sure you have a sturdy leash for walking your dog. While out on your walks, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other known waters. The ice may not support your dog’s weight … or yours as you try to save your dog! During your walks in the winter, be aware that your pets can pick up salt, antifreeze, deicers and other chemicals on their feet, legs and bellies. It is important to thoroughly wipe them down before they can start licking and ingest these poisons.
If your pet slows down, stops moving, is shivering, whining or looking for a warm place to burrow, you should get him inside quickly as this may be a sign of hypothermia. Of course, if you suspect that or frostbite, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational only. It does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog or cat.