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Cold winter temperatures affect humans as much as pets. Indeed, our four-legged friends need us to protect them from the cold and to keep them safe in the winter. Take all necessary actions to allow your cat or dog to enjoy the cold season. 

Here are eight tips to apply to effectively protect your animal throughout the winter:

  1. Protect your animal's paws

    Pet boots are both cute and useful. They significantly reduce the paw pad burns that your cat or dog can suffer from due to the cold, ice and salt. 

    If you do not like to use pet boots, don't forget to rinse and wipe your animal's paws after a walk before it has time to lick them. 
  2. Check under your car before starting it

    Small pets look for warmth and they may want to hide under your car. It is important to check under the car or to knock on the hood once or twice before starting it. 
  3. Use a de-icer that is safe for your animal

    You cannot choose what your neighbours use as a de-icing product, but in your driveway, you're in control. Use a pet-friendly ice melter. A urea- and zeolite-based product containing no salt is perfect, as it is safe for your pet's paws. 
  4. Take your animal inside

    In the winter, animals should not be left in the cold. Your dog or cat should have access to the warmth of a house or barn. Also, it should have access to non-frozen water.
  5. Take shorter walks

    It is essential to reduce the duration of your walks when it's cold (10 minutes or less). Although your pet has a thick fur coat, its nose, ears and paws could suffer from frostbites. 
  6. Give your animal more food

    In the winter, cats and dogs burn more energy and calories to keep warm, just as we do. Therefore, it is important to give your animal a little more to eat.
  7. Use caution with antifreeze

    Antifreeze is toxic for animals. That type of product can build up on roads and driveways. Animals like the smell and taste of antifreeze, but it can be lethal, even in small amounts. Keep all antifreeze containers out of your pet's reach and avoid spills.  
  8. Dot not leave an animal in the car

    As in the summer, leaving your pet in the car is never a good idea. This is especially true in extreme temperature conditions.