How to protect your pets during winter

Checkup - Before the cold weather arrives, take your pet to the vet for a checkup.

Reduce walk times - Limit your walk times to avoid exposing your pet to icy conditions for a long period. Take into consideration the dog's breed, size, and age.

Hypothermia - It's important to be able to recognize the signs of hypothermia in pets.

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Dress them up - If you take your pet outside to play in the snow, for instance, make sure they're wearing a sweater or coat.

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Bedding - For bedding, use a thick pad, if possible with cedar chips. These absorb moisture, and keep bugs and odors away. Plus, they're completely biodegradable.

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Dog house - If you're building a shelter from scratch, make sure it is at least 5 cm (2 inches) taller than the dog's height when it sits down.

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Paws - Examine your pets' paws after walks in icy and snowy conditions. Look out for cracks or any signs of injury.

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Tag your pet -
Dogs are more apt to get lost during winter as the smells they use to guide them might get subdued in freezing weather.

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Be prepared - Keep an emergency kit for your pet during winter. You might need something and get stuck at home due to severe weather conditions.

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Have your home prepared - Make sure your heaters are secured and placed in a way that prevents your pets from knocking them over.

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Never leave your pet in a car - The temperature in an unheated car drops very fast during icy conditions. It is not safe for any animal to stay in a freezing vehicle.

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Healthy diet - Feed your pets the best food you can afford. This will ensure they have all the nutrients they needed to survive a harsh winter.

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Keep your pets inside - If it's really cold, bring your pets home. They will be safer and much more comfortable.

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Keep your pets inside - Enjoy the company of your pets during winter. It's a great time of the year to bond indoors.

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