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Keep chill off of your pets this winter

Simple tips for a safe and healthy winter for your pet

(Chillicothe, OH, December 21, 2016) – On the first day of winter, as the nation’s temperatures quickly dip and we keep hearing terms like “polar vortex,” it’s important to remember to keep your pets warm in colder weather.
           
Petland wants to make sure pets and their owners stay warm and safe this winter. Like humans, dogs have different levels of tolerance for colder weather. Type of fur or coat, age of dog, general health and size all factor into how a dog may fare in low temperatures. Shorter walks may be necessary and it’s definitely a good idea to bring your outside pets in for the winter.
Here are some simple tips and reminders to keep the chill off of your pet.

1.  INSIDE IS BEST
Dogs are just as susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia as humans, so Petland encourages pet owners to bring your pets inside during below-freezing weather. If they do have to be outside for any length of time, a heated water bowl and a heated doghouse or shelter are great options. And don’t forget to monitor them. If you notice any unusual behavior when your pet comes inside from the cold, make sure to consult your veterinarian.

2. CHECK PAWS, COAT
Ice, snow and salt can cause irritation and chapping on your pet’s paws and can clump in your pet’s fur. Make sure you wipe the paws and coat down and check them after being outside. Some pet owners use booties and sweaters or waterproof coats. These items can help combat some of the chill if they fit properly.

3. COLLAR AND ID
Dogs sometimes get confused in the winter because the snow masks the familiar smells of home. Make sure your pooch is properly identified in case he decides to wander.

4. CHECK YOUR CAR
If you warm up your car outside in the winter, make sure to check under the car before driving away. Cats are often attracted to the warmth and have been known to find shelter under the hood.

5. INSIDE SAFETY
Cold weather also spikes the use of fireplaces and space heaters. Make sure your pet is protected from these heating devices and they cannot knock them over or burn themselves.

By following these easy pet care guidelines, cold weather can be fun and safe for all members of your family.


Petland, Inc. is a franchise operation with quality, full service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador. For more than 49 years, Petland Pet Counselors have been dedicated to matching the right pet with the right person and meeting the needs of both. To its customers who already have pets, Petland is dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond. Petland was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in south central Ohio. For more information on Petland, visit www.petland.com.