Pets and Winter Weather: A Dangerous Mix The Grounds Guys® offers Safety Tips for Keeping Pets Safe and Warm

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Winter weather and pets can be a dangerous mix if steps are not taken to protect them from the bitter cold.

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Furry friends and freezing temperatures are not the best mix. In fact, cold weather presents many dangers for pets, including hypothermia, frostbite, poisoning, and other cold injuries to ears, paws and tails.

To protect your four-legged friends, consider these safety tips from The Ground Guys:

  •     Keep pets indoors if possible to protect them against cold weather conditions.
  •     When pets come inside, wipe their legs and stomach to remove potentially dangerous de-icing chemicals.
  •     If pets are outside, provide a sturdy house that is raised off the ground and turned away from the cold winds. Place straw or shredded newspaper inside the house for warmth. On freezing or bitterly cold days, bring the pet indoors.
  •     Let your pet’s hair grow longer in the colder months to provide extra warmth.
  •     After bathing your pets, wait until they are fully dry before taking them outside.
  •     Check your pet’s water and food bowl often. Make sure they are not frozen and avoid using a metal bowl because your pet’s tongue may stick to it.
  •     Avoid placing salt or ice melting products in areas where pets can eat it or step on it. If it happens, wipe the pet’s paws with a damp cloth to prevent irritation.
  •     Before starting your vehicle, make noise or tap on the hood before starting. Cats may find refuge next to the warm engine and can be injured by fan belts or blades.
  •     When taking your pet for a walk, put a comfortable, warm sweater on them. You might also consider pet booties to protect their paw pads from the cold.
  •     Beware of antifreeze poisoning. Clean up all spills immediately since pets might lick it and be poisoned.

Whatever part of the U.S. you live in, the experts at The Grounds Guys care about your family, including your pets. We also know how to protect your landscaping against harsh cold weather elements while adding value to any commercial or residential property. Give your local The Grounds Guys professionals a call today.

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