Critter Corner: Keeping Pets Safe During Winter

If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for them

Winter didn’t go easy on us this weekend, and when it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s too cold for your pets to be outside, too.

Justin Shatto from Woofs and Waves says just because your dog has a thick coat of fur, severe wind chills and air temperatures can cut through their coat quickly. Shatto says putting a coat and booties on your dog will help keep them warm, along with taking them for exercise outside for short periods of time. He says going for a short run or playing a quick game of fetch will give them some much-needed exercise and will keep them warm at the same time. Shatto says there are some warning signs to look out for that your dog will show if it’s too cold. If your dog keeping picking up its feet from the snow, its paws are likely too cold. Other signs to look for are shaking, whining, general anxiousness about being outside.

Just like humans, dogs can get a little “cabin fever” from being indoors for long periods of time through the winter. Shatto suggests cat trees and scratching posts for cats, and a stimulating indoor activity for the pup.

Woofs and Waves is located on East Arrowhead Parkway in Sioux Falls. Click here for more information.

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