Keep pets safe in cold weather

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) West Michigan is still in the grips of an especially cold winter, and people aren’t the only ones who are looking for ways to keep warm. When the temperatures drop, your pets need some extra attention too.

Dr. Cherie Anderson from the Cascade Hospital for Animals has some ways to keep your pet safe when the temperatures plummet.

Winter Wellness Examination

  • Know your pet’s cold tolerance and keep them inside.
  • Check your dog’s paws frequently.
  • If your pet has a coat or sweater, use it.
  • Be prepared by having food, water, and medicine for your pet for at least five days.
  • Your warm car engine might attract feral cats, so make some noise.
  • Wipe your dog’s feet, legs, and belly to remove any de-icers or other chemicals that might make them sick.
  • Keep the pets at home. A car becomes too cold when parked, just like it gets too hot in the summer.
  • Make sure space heaters cannot be knocked down, and that birds are away from drafts.
  • Avoid ice. Stay away from frozen ponds and lakes.
  • Provide shelter for outdoor pets: water supply, bedding.


Cascade Hospital for Animals

6730 Cascade Road S.E.

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 949-0960


Breton Village Animal Clinic

1852 Breton Road S.E.

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

(616) 988-4980

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