10 Seasonal Dangers for Outdoor Pets

Take Safe Measures to Prevent Winter Hazards

Warning to pet owners: The winter climate can make for some very chilly critters.

Health conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and hormonal imbalances can compromise your pet’s ability to regulate his or her body heat.

Pets who are not generally in good health shouldn't be exposed to winter conditions for an extended length of time. Here are 10 of the most common winter hazards to outdoor pets.

Inadequate Shelter
  • Inadequate Shelter
  • Poor Bedding
  • Lack of Drinking Water
  • Antifreeze
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Sunburn
  • Frozen Ponds or Lakes
  • Sharp Objects Under Snow
  • Ice-Melting Chemicals and Salt

1. Inadequate Shelter

If your pet lives predominantly outdoors, make sure to provide a draft-free, weatherproof shelter that will stay dry and isn’t so large that it will not retain enough heat to keep your pet warm. It is also a good idea to position your pet’s house in the opposite direction of the wind, including the shelter door opening. This will help retain warmer conditions inside. Even pets who are used to living outdoors should be brought inside once the temperature gets below freezing.