Tips To Protect Your Pet During Cold Temps

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness, News Updates

It is tempting to think your pet’s fur will keep them warm while they’re outside during the winter. But, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet! Just like people, pets are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. The Humane Society of Missouri and Animal Medical Center of MId-America urge all pet parents to keep the safety of their four-legged friends top of mind this winter with our lifesaving motto:


Bring Your Pet Inside: Wind chill makes the air colder than actual temperature reading. Limit your pet’s time outdoors to prevent frostbite on ears, tails, and feet.

Beware of Antifreeze: Antifreeze can collect on driveways and roadways. Although it smells and tastes good to your pet, it is highly poisonous and lethal. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, please contact your vet immediately!

Wipe Your Pet's Paws and Fur: As soon as your pet comes inside, dry the rain or snow off their fur. It's also important to wipe your pet’s paws. Rock salt, sand, and chemicals used to melt ice can become embedded in paws causing pain and irritation. Those chemicals can also be toxic if your pet ingests them. 

Provide Adequate Shelter: Adequate shelter is mandatory by law. Provide an insulated and draft-free shelter. The opening should face south with a sturdy, flexible covering to prevent icy winds from entering. Insulate the shelter with cedar chips. Avoid towels or blankets which can easily dampen and make the space colder.

Add a layer: Pet sweaters and coats can help keep dogs warmer, especially those with short or thin fur. If the clothing becomes wet, remove it to prevent your dog from becoming even more colder. 

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.