Winter Safety Advice For Pets

You know how the song goes….”oh…the weather outside is frightful….”, right? Winter-time and the inclement weather that it brings can be “frightful” for your fur-kids too, but your pet care professionals at Lindsay’s Pet Care Services are here to help you get your pets safely through the winter months. Here are some of our winter safety tips we would like to share:

  • “Winter Cleaning”– LPCS suggests that all their clients do a “garage check” when it starts to get cold (and all year long!). Clean up any chemical spills and make sure that salt-based ice melts are put away. Antifreeze is DEADLY & fur-kids like it because of it’s sweet taste. 1 or 2 teaspoons is all it takes to kill your dog or cat. Ice Salt can be a skin-irritant. Make sure that you wash your dog’s feet when they come inside if you’ve been out walking them to prevent chemical burns.
  • Outdoor Moderation– Puppies, senior dogs and sick dogs are more sensitive than others to cold temperatures. Make sure that if you have a puppy, senior dog or a pet with a compromised immune system you limit the time they spend outdoors otherwise you may expose them to hypothermia, frostbite or worse. Dogs with short coats or low body fat like Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, etc. will absolutely thank you for a warm sweater or their very own winter coat when it gets cold. No matter what age, dogs who reside in states where it gets cold should always have a sweater or jacket on when outside.
  • Keep Em Fuzzy & Clean– Skip the haircut! Do you shave your pets down in the summer? You’ll want to skip that haircut in the winter. They need their winter coats…just like we do! But don’t think that skipping a haircut means skipping out on your pets bath. In the winter months, with the heat blasting indoors & the cold, dry air outdoors, your pet’s coat can lose its luster & his/her skin can become dry & irritated. Try using an oatmeal based shampoo during the winter months to lock in moisture.

Working long hours or traveling and need a pet sitter or dog walker this winter? Let Lindsay’s Pet Care Services meet your pet sitting and dog walking needs. Our trained professionals know exactly what to do to keep your fur-kid’s safe and warm during the winter months. Call us today! 516-524-5940