As a polar vortex grips North America this week, experts are recommending that people keep themselves — and their pets — indoors. But this isn’t always possible for dogs, which still require regular walks, or at least brief trips outside, regardless of the sub-zero temperatures outdoors.
That’s why we’re relaying some pro tips to keep your pet safe outside this week, because frostbite — or worse — can occur in a matter of minutes. Regardless, your dog should never be left outside alone on his or her own!
5. Dress Warm
Just like you wouldn’t venture into a blizzard without a big coat and boots on, don’t expect anything less for your pet. Moreover, towel dry your pet when she/he comes back indoors, while paying special attention to toes and paws, which could be irritated by snowballs or salts thrown onto slippery pavement. A hair dryer works, too.
4. Limit Driving Time
Everyone knows dogs shouldn’t languish in hot cars, but cold, freezing cars pose just as much risk. “You’re already familiar with how a car can rapidly cool down in cold weather,” the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) wrote on its website. “It becomes like a refrigerator, and can rapidly chill your pet.” Old, young, sick, and thin pets are particularly susceptible to these elements.
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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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