January 26, 2015

Keep Your Pets Safe and Happy During a Blizzard

As winter storm “Juno” threatens to snow in a large swath of the U.S., we’re making sure we’re ready for whatever this weather brings. If you or a loved one is bracing for the storm, take heed of the following reminders for pet parents.

• Store up activities for dogs and cats to do while you're together indoors.

• Stock up ahead of time on all pet food and medicine your animals may need over the weekend—travel may be much more difficult or impossible in the event of a blizzard.

• Prepare for a power outage, especially if your family includes fish, reptiles or pocket pets.

• Have a coat and booties ready for any dog who needs them. Be ready to protect your pets from very strong wind and cold.

• Make sure your pets wear identification at all times (even better: have them microchipped as well) to dramatically increase your chances of reunification should one become lost.

• Keep your dog on a leash after heavy snowfall. Dogs are much more likely to get lost during winter, especially during and after a blizzard.

• Watch out for ice melts! Snow-melting salt can be very painful to dogs’ feet and can make pups ill if ingested, so make sure to clean off your dog’s paws with a moist washcloth after a walk.

For more ASPCA disaster tips, visit our disaster preparedness page, and please stay safe this weekend.