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Pet Safety During Holidays & Winter Weather

Protect your pet from common winter-related dangers

In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we may forget that our pets need extra attention during the winter months. After all, just because they have a built-in coat doesn't mean they don't get cold! But low temperatures aren't the only threat to your pet's health and well-being during the holiday season. Your pet faces multiple hazards both indoors and outdoors throughout the winter months.

Holiday hazards to avoid for pets

A few dangers your pet may encounter during the holiday season include:

  • Hazardous holiday decorations
  • Festive foods that make pets sick
  • Freezing conditions outside
  • Dangerous heaters inside

The infographic below provides a detailed list of holiday hazards to avoid for pets, as well as helpful tips on how to walk your dog in winter weather and addressing year-round prevention for fleas, ticks, and heartworms that can threaten your pet's health even in the coldest of months.

Click to Enlarge - Pet Safety During Holidays & Winter Weather Infographic

A little preparation and precaution could save your pet from harmful and even life-threatening winter health hazards. Steps like preventing winter flea infestation, keeping dangerous holiday decorations, chemicals, and antifreeze out of reach, and protecting skin and joints from the ravages of winter weather can help keep your pet healthy to enjoy the holiday fun. Awareness of all of the above can help your family avoid a pet health crisis during the holidays and beyond.