5 #Blizzard Tips from the ASPCA to Save Your #Pets Life!

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This post published February 9, 2015 but with the crazy blizzard-icity hitting the country, it’s appropriate to freshen up the info. PLEASE take precautions for both yourself and your pets. SHARE this post with anyone needing the help.

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In the past I’ve blogged about cold weather dangers for pets and this past week N. Texas has enjoyed some sunny, warm days. But in other parts of the country–yet another blizzard threatens. Thank you to the ASPCA for sending this important and insightful infographic designed to keep your dogs and cats safe!

You’ll find life saving first aid tips for hypothermia, frostbite, CPR, even cat fan belt injuries and more in The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats — and in my new CAT FACTS book. But prevention trumps after the fact every time. So please SHARE this post far and wide, and get our fur-kids the protection they need!

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5 #Blizzard Tips from the ASPCA to Save Your #Pets Life! — 32 Comments

  1. Important reminders! Most are common sense. The one with the bathing is probably something not everybody would think of. I know how bad this can be just from how dry Jasmine’s skin got when she was getting her hydrotherapy on cold Winter days.

  2. Great tips, thanks! Regarding bathing, pet wipes are also a great alternative when it’s too cold for a wet doggie! The cat sleeping under the hood of a car near a warm engine brings back a terrible memory from my youth – please don’t think that doesn’t happen, it does.

    • There also are the “waterless” shampoos, I’ve used those on my cats. And when I still worked as a vet tech, we had several cases of cats severely injured from resting under the car hood. *shudder*

  3. We love to be out in a good snowstorm, but my sisters and I are pretty winterized and Mom is bundled up well. The kitties are house cats, so they don’t go out. Hopefully, people won’t leave their dogs out in the snow. We love to be out in it, but we can come in when we want to.

  4. I wish Laika was more compliant with boots. She will wear them but she certainly doesn’t like having them put on. I know I just need to keep up with it and continue to desensitize her to them. I didn’t think about petroleum jelly though – that’s brilliant. We’ve been using Musher’s wax and if I run out I can just use some of that in the meantime.

  5. We have a complete regimen in place for outdoor fun and we know it can turn on a dime around here – the weather, that is. So armed with layers, Pawz boots, Musher’s Secret, and limited exposure, off we go. TY for sharing this, Amy!

  6. Also check for cats under the hood if you are parking your car closer to where the cats live than usual. It was still Septober when I found the kittens under my hood. They left when I opened the hood; there were paw prints on the engine when I traded that car in.

  7. These awe awesome tips! We live in Northern Kentucky and its very common for us to get snow and horrible weather a few times a year. Nothing annoys me more than seeing people having their dog chained up in a yard freezing. They wouldn’t even CONSIDER doing that themselves, why do it to their fur baby? I am also so very glad you showed the importance of checking your engine. My MIL actually has a cat she rescued who crawled to their doorstep, badly injuries, after getting caught in an engine.

    As silly as it sounds, during ice storms we also put Reya in boots to protect her paws. She’s made fun by everyone else in the neighborhood but her paws are protected!

  8. That is a great infographic! It is sad how many people leave their pets outside on cold winter days. We see it all to often here in MI. Checking cars for kitties is really important here too. There are a ton of strays and ferals out there.

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