How Can I Protect My Pet During The Winter?

With the winter months upon us, many pet owners are finding themselves facing a new set of challenges: pet safety during the colder weather. Cold weather can be extremely dangerous for most pets, particularly dogs and cats. Luckily, there are a few easy precautions every pet owner can take to keep their pet healthy and avoid having to file any pet insurance claims. Today we’re going to take a look at a few of the most effective.

Emergency Kit
An expected power outage can be an inconvenience in the summer, but it can be downright dangerous in the winter. Taking the time to prepare a basic emergency kit for your pet can make all the difference if you do find yourself facing an unexpected power outage.

So, what should you put in that kit? We suggest basic items like several days worth of food and water, blankets, a flashlight and toys. Whether it’s a utility mistake or a major weather event, it’s best to be prepared.

Paw Protection
Common deicing methods like salt and chemicals will get rid of the ice, but can be dangerous for little paws. If you live in an area that uses those methods it’s important that you protect your pets paws when you let them outside. There are a number of ways to do this.

The most effective method is a set of boots specially designed for your pet. However, some animals simply refuse to wear the boots. In that case, applying petroleum jelly or a paw-protectant solution to the animals paws before going outside is a good idea.

Warmth
Different breeds of pets have different tolerances for the cold. A husky, for example, can play in the snow for hours without getting cold. Conversely, a short-haired dog may only have a few minutes before they start shivering. If your pet is not evolved for cold weather, give them a little extra help keeping warm by getting them a jacket! While they may seem silly, a proper jacket can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your pet warm and comfortable in the elements.

Outside Time
The most effective method of protecting your pet from the cold is also the most obvious: limit their time outside. Much like people, dogs and cats are very susceptible to frostbite, only they don’t know it! Taking shorter walks more frequently is the way to go in the colder months.

Winter can be a scary time for pet owners, but it doesn’t have to be. Take the time to properly care for your pet so both you and your animals can make the most of the colder weather. After all, few things are cuter than a puppy playing in the snow.

All that being said, accidents do happen. That’s why it’s so important to have a proper pet insurance policy. To learn more about your options, reach out to TGS Insurance at www.tgsinsurance.com.

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