Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital

152 School Street
Forestdale, RI 02824


 Cold Weather Safety

With the cold winter weather upon us, we must take precautions to ensure that our pets remain safe. The following are some tips to help keep our furry friends healthy and warm.

  • If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet.  Don't forget to bring them inside!
  • Even for those cats that love the outdoors, try to keep them inside, where they can stay safe and warm. Outside, cats can freeze and are at more risk for injury.  Outdoor cats will sometimes
    hide under a car or crawl into the engine for warmth.  Check under your car and give the hood a tap before starting your engine.
  • Salt or chemical melting products can be toxic to animals or cause damage to their paws.  Look for products labeled as safe for animals. Wipe your pet's paws and underside when they come in from the outside, to clean off any residual chemicals and snow or ice.
  • Never leave animals alone in your car during winter, as it acts as a refrigerator by holding in the cold.
  • Antifreeze can attract animals with its sweet smell; however it is toxic to dogs and cats.  Make sure to clean up any spilled antifreeze immediately.
  • Avoid shaving down your pets in the winter as their fur is their winter coat; for short-haired or smaller breeds, a winter jacket, fleece or sweater is recommended for the outdoors.  If tolerated, booties can be worn to protect animal's paws from the snow and ice.
  • Stock up on warm cozy pet beds, blankets and pillows so your pet can stay warm when inside.  Make sure they're bedding, crate, etc. is away from the doorway and drafty areas in the house.