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Holiday & Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

Winter in Nebraska can be so much fun with snow and special holidays to celebrate. Watching your dog gleefully bound through the yard after the first snowfall is sure to make you smile.

Remember to be safe and avoid cold weather and holiday hazards. Then you can enjoy a merry season with your thankful furry friend by your side.

  • Antifreeze has a sweet taste and can be fatal to your pet even if only small amounts are ingested. Keep pets away from areas where antifreeze is used or stored and be sure to wipe up any spills immediately.
  • Consider using pet-safe products for deicing on your property and embittered antifreeze in your car. 
  • After walking your pet outdoors, take the time to wipe off their paws and underbelly after returning so that no chemicals are ingested.
  • Pets need to wear identification tags in case they slip out of the house or yard. They don’t want to be roaming around lost in freezing temperatures.  Microchipping is also an important form of identification, and greatly increases the odds that pets will be reunited with their families.
  • Heat lamps and space heaters need to be used with caution so your pet doesn’t get burned.
  • Animals may crawl under the hood of your car to find warmth on an engine. Knock on the hood of your car or honk the horn so to alert an animal to leave and avoid injuries.
  • Do not leave pets in the car. Temperatures can drop dramatically putting your pet´s health at risk.
  • Time  outdoors should be limited when it is extremely cold to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Be sure foods such as chocolate as well as certain plants and decorations are out of your pet’s reach so they do not cause any harm.
  • Contact your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health. 

For more tips, check out the information on Winter Holiday Pet Safety and Cold Weather Animal Safety on the AVMA website.