We want to make sure pet parents have the information they need to keep their pets safe and warm!
Clear a space for your pet to be active. We all hate being trapped inside during a storm, but the lack of activity could cause your furry friend to become stressed and pick up bad habits, like urinating at inopportune times. Stock up ahead of time on all pet food and medication. Travel may become more difficult during the days to come, so while you're picking up your bread and milk make sure your pet is all set tooPrepare for a power outage, especially if your family includes fish, reptiles or small critters. Call your local fire department or police station should you lose power and find a local warming shelter. Most will accept well behaved pets!
If you're cold they're cold! Have a coat and booties ready for any dog who needs them. Be ready to be able to protect your pets from the weather should they have to go outside.Make sure your pets wear identification at all times. With the inclement weather should your pet go missing it might become increasingly more difficult to track them down.
Keep your dog on a leash after a heavy snowfall. Dogs are 31% more likely to get lost during the winter. Especially during and after a blizzard. Watch out for ice melts! Snow melting salt can be very painful to dogs feet and will make them ill if ingested. Make sure to clean your dog's paws with a washcloth after a walk.For more disaster tips, visit the ASPCA page HERE and stay safe!