Winter and Pets: Red Cross Issues Cold Weather Safety Tips for Our Furry Friends

Brrrrr! Freezing temperatures, snow, sleet and ice – winter can be hard on everyone! The chilly weather can
also be difficult for our pets and the American Red Cross
has steps people can follow to help ensure their
pet’s safety when cold weather hits.

“Bring pets inside, if possible, to protect them from low temperatures and severe winter weather,” said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. “Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water.”
Other tips pet owners should be aware of include:
  • Salt and other chemicals used to
    melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp
    towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
  • Antifreeze
    is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.
  • Signs of frostbite include
    discoloration of the frozen area, pale or even blue skin, no pain or lots
    of pain. The pads of the paws, tail and tips of the ears are most
  • If your pet has frostbite, bring
    them out of the cold. Spray the affected area with warm water. Lightly
    apply a warm compress to the area. Do not rub or apply pressure. Take your
    pet to your veterinarian immediately.
The American Red Cross Pet First Aid App
provides dog and cat owners with resources on how to maintain their pet’s
health and well-being and what to do during emergencies until veterinary care
is available. Owners have access to step-by-step instructions, videos and
images from more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations including what
to do for cold-related emergencies.
in the app allow owners to:
emergency pet care facilities or alternate veterinarians if they are out
of town with the ‘animal hospital locator.’
pet-friendly hotels.
their knowledge with interactive quizzes and earn badges that they can share on
their social networks. They can also attach their favorite picture of their pet
when they share their badge
app is available to download for free in app stores, by going to or by texting
‘GETPET’ to 90999. Additional winter storm safety information
is available at  

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