Winter Safety Tips for Puppies

It’s that time of year again when jackets, gloves, scarves and hats are again part of our everyday wardrobe.  As the chill of winter begins to set in it’s important to remember that cold weather affects not just us, but also our four-legged family members.  Puppies are particularly prone to the dangers of frigid temperatures and seasonal weather.  Here are a few things to watch for to help keep your puppy safe during the winter months.

Frostbite and Hypothermia

People often think that a coat of fur is enough to protect a puppy from extreme cold.  What they don’t consider is that areas such as the ears, nose and paws are particularly vulnerable to conditions like frostbite.  Likewise, overexposure to extremely cold temperatures can also lead to hypothermia, a condition that can be deadly to a puppy.  To prevent these risks, limit time outdoors, provide shelter from the elements and keep the animal inside as much as possible.


Lakes and rivers are great places for pups to play during warmer months but during the winter they can become extreme hazards.  Puppies won’t know the difference between the safety of land and an icy body of water and could easily fall through thin ice and drown.  Never let your puppy roam unsupervised around frozen bodies of water.

Antifreeze Poisoning

A curious puppy won’t know that a puddle of antifreeze on your garage floor isn’t safe for him to drink.  In fact, ethylene glycol is actually the most dangerous winter hazard a pet can encounter because it’s highly toxic and can kill an unsuspecting pup if ingested.  Always keep an eye out for any possible leaks in your garage, driveway or anywhere else you may have used the chemical.

The winter can be a fun, exciting time for a lively puppy but it’s also important to protect them from the dangers this time of year can bring.  By following these tips and knowing what to watch for you can help your pup enjoy the cold weather safely.

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