Winter Storms Mean Pet Safety Practices Absolute Must

With Nor’Easters and mid-west storms in full force, environmental superhero and real-life rescue dog, TurfMutt, shares ways to “bone up” on winter pet safety.

 

 

This Just In: Keep Pets Safe With These TurfMutt Tips

 

As snow and ice storms hit this winter, environmental superhero and real-life rescue dog, TurfMutt, urges everyone to “bone up” on wise wintertime practices to keep everyone safe during snow and ice removal and times of falling temperatures.

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First, when Old Man Winter comes calling, TurfMutt reminds everyone that pets feel the cold as easily as humans despite their fur coats. Reduce outdoor activities when temperatures dip low and keep them inside during severe weather.

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Remember in most jurisdictions, homeowners are required to clear sidewalks and walkways in the event of a snowstorm. When using a snowthrower to clear driveways and sidewalks, keep kids and pets away from the equipment. But TurfMutt and his pet friends thank you for remembering to make a path to your pet’s bathroom area.

 

“Snowthrowers make quick work of an arduous task so everyone can go about ‘their business’,” says Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and TurfMutt’s guardian and rescuer. “But remember never to put your hand in the chute or auger to clear a blockage. Always use a clean-out tool.”

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Once sidewalks, driveways and other outdoor areas are cleared and useful again, remember that pets require special care in freezing temperatures.

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TurfMutt’s Pet-Friendly, Wise Winter Tips:

  • Forgo pet haircuts and let winter coats protect them against the elements.
  • Check ears, paws and tails for signs of frostbite or getting raw from ice and snow.
  • Wipe down your pet’s belly, legs and paws to remove ice-melting chemicals, which can irritate and cause serious illness if licked or swallowed.
  • Change your antifreeze. Due to the sweet smell and taste, pets will link or drink antifreeze if found puddled on sidewalks or garage floors. But anti-freeze is toxic to cats and dogs. Clean up spills and consider using a brand made from propylene glycol instead.
  • Keep the water flowing. Dry winter weather can be dehydrating, not to mention freezing. Break up ice in your pet’s water bowl and be sure they have regular access to clean, fresh water.

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“After I rescued Lucky, a.k.a TurfMutt, from an Indiana highway years ago, he donned his superhero cape and has worked hard to ‘paw it forward’ by issuing seasonal tips regularly,” Kiser says. “Every pet can be a TurfMutt hero, but only if we keep them safe and happy during all kinds of weather.”

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6 thoughts on “Winter Storms Mean Pet Safety Practices Absolute Must

  1. Great article! This is a topic I see more and more being covered by the pet blogs which wasn’t something I saw a few years ago.

    Many people still don’t understand that even the dogs with a lot of furs can feel cold.

    Also, one more thing I would like to point out is that our dogs are closer to the ground where the air is colder and where the freezing ground influences the air temperature.

    If it is cold for you then it is very cold for your dog to place his paws on icy asphalt.

  2. Haha love the shoes on the bulldog! I get my kitties kitted out with little mits during winter. Keeps them nice and snug and keeps the snow out of their paws!

  3. Yeah the bulldog shoes look very cute. Where can i buy the same shoes for my buddies? Thanks for helpful information in this post!

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