Winter is coming: Learn how to keep your pets safe

Winter can mean fun in the snow, cozy nights by the fire, and holiday activities. But it can also bring winter storms, cold weather, and hazards that can be dangerous for people and animals. This year, learn how to keep everyone safe as the cold weather rolls in.

Prepare for cold weather

  • Weatherproof your home.
  • Get yearly chimney or flue inspections.
  • Install smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and check batteries for ones already in your home.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your home and your car (remember to include supplies for pets!).

Protect pets in cold weather

Just because your pet has fur doesn’t mean they don’t get cold. Pets can get hypothermia and frostbite just like people.

  • Bring your pet indoors during cold weather. If you can’t bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle in cold weather.
  • Keep pets off ice. They can slip and hurt themselves or fall through.
  • Microchip your pet and make sure they wear a collar with up-to-date identification and contact information.

Stay safe from other winter hazards

  • Wipe down your pet’s feet, legs, and belly after walking outdoors in winter. Pets can pick up chemicals that could be toxic, like antifreeze.
  • Keep pets and children away from space heaters, fireplaces, and other hazards.
  • Use generators safely and do not use stoves for warmth.
  • Check your car for animals before starting the engine. Cats will often climb under the hood for warmth.