Winter safety tips for pets

This winter weather has been brutal. And even though we all know to bundle up before heading outside, it’s important to remember to keep your pets safe and warm.

Carmine DiCenso, Executive Director of the Providence Animal Rescue League, joined The Rhode Show Wednesday with some important pet safety tips for the season.

Winter storm pet safety tips:

  • Bring your pets indoors. If conditions are unsafe for humans, they are also unsafe for all animals.
  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. It is easier for your pet to be lost in snowy weather so keep an eye on them at all times when outdoors.
  • Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, food, first aid & medications.
  • Prepare for a power outage, especially if your family includes fish or reptiles that require a heating source.
  • If you need to bring your dog outside, be ready to protect them from very strong wind and cold. Have a coat and booties ready for your dog.
  • Don’t let your dog off the leash after heavy snowfall. Dogs can lose their scent during winter storms and easily become lost. Deep snow cover can confuse a pet and cover their familiar scent landmarks.
  • After going outside, clean off your dog’s paws with a moist washcloth. Snow-melting salt can be very painful to dogs’ feet and can make them ill when ingested.
  • Develop an emergency plan that includes your pets. Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation.

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