**Keep cats inside. Cats that go outside in winter can get frostbite, become lost, or die. Some cats seek warmth under a car or car hood and can become injured or killed when the car is started.
**Keep dogs on leash. Dogs easily lose their scent in snow storms and can become lost. Always keep id tags on your dog’s collars.
**Keep your home humidified to help cut down on dry, itchy, flaky skin.
**Wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach as soon as they get inside. They can ingest salt, antifreeze or dangerous chemicals while cleaning their paws and fur. Paws can also bleed from snow and encrusted ice balls. Make sure to pay extra attention to between the toes.
**Try having your dog wear booties. Booties help to minimize the amount of contact their sensitive feet have with salt crystals, anti-freeze and ice melting agents. Use a pet friendly ice melt.
**Never leave your pet in a car alone during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold air and causing your pet to freeze to death.
**Try dressing your pet in a sweater or jacket to help them stay warm when they need to venture outside.
**Anti-freeze is lethal. It is poisonous to both cats and dogs. Clean up any spill quickly and thoroughly. Contact your vet immediately if you think your pet ingested anti-freeze.
**If you keep your dog outside, they should have a draft-free shelter available to them. They should be able to get away from the elements. The use of straw or other bedding material helps to insulate a pet against the cold.
**Remember if it’s too cold out for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet!