Cold Weather Safety Tips
Help keep your furry friends safe and warm until spring
CONTENT SPONSORED BY LEE COMPANY
Published in the February 2016 issue of Nashville Paw magazine
We had a balmy start to our winter season, but it didn’t take long for the cold wind to blow! Winter in Middle Tennessee always means some freezing days and nights. Cold days not only mean hot cocoa by the fireplace but also the opportunity to snuggle with our furbabies! Yes, spring is on the way, but we're still likely in for some frosts before we get there.
It’s also an important time to remember that, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, puppies, kittens, senior pets and pets with certain health conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease or hormonal imbalances) are more susceptible to cold temperatures than the rest of us. With that in mind, it’s vital to keep our furry friends in mind when cold weather hits.
Who doesn’t love a walk in the park? However, on colder days you may need to cut Fido’s outdoor time short. Keep in mind that every pet has a different tolerance level for cold weather, depending on age, coat thickness, and health to name a few factors. And if you’re not sure if it’s too cold for your pet? A good rule of thumb is, if you’re cold, they’re cold! Please keep your pets indoors, especially at night, since just like you they need a safe and warm place to rest. Especially keep in mind that shorter haired dogs, such as Greyhounds and Pit Bulls, have a harder time staying warm, so it’s a great idea to invest in a dog coat or sweater to help keep them snug.
Also, don’t forget that your vehicle’s warm engine can be the perfect refuge for stray and feral cats—which can be dangerous for them. Check underneath your car, honk your horn and bang on the hood before starting up your engine; this little ritual can save lives!
Also, if you need to use a space heater in your home or garage, be very mindful of its location; a heater can be knocked over and potentially start a fire. Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly, as this is a very important safety precaution for the well-being of your entire family.
We at Lee Company specialize in keeping homes safe and comfortable all year round, and we are here to help you do the same! We love our pets and know you feel the same way about yours. Remember, your home is where our heart is.
Please visit leecompany.com/winterpets for additional safety tips and pet activities.