Winter Weather and Your Pets
It’s no surprise that Marylanders love their pets. Your furry family members need to be safe during the winter just like humans. At SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park we know that your pets are an important part of your family. Most pets in Anne Arundel County are indoor animals and those animals are prone to the same winter hazards as humans. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind for your furry friend.
Limit outdoor time on bitter cold days. Try to go out when the sun is shining. If you have a dog with fur, they can still suffer from hypothermia. Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Dogs with long or short hair should have winter sweaters or coats to help them maintain their body temperature.
Avoid the ice. Animals can slip and fall just like you. More importantly, animals cannot recognize the danger of breaking through thin ice on frozen water. It is always better to keep your pet on a leash during the winter to help them steer clear of hazards.
Wipe their paws when you come inside. The streets and sidewalks of you neighborhood are often treated with salt or other de-icers. These substances can irritate your animal's paws. Some can be toxic, which is especially dangerous if your pet licks its paws.
People and pets want a safe place inside for the cold months. If a winter emergency, like a burst pipe, makes your home unsafe, contact SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park. We are here to help the residents of Anne Arundel County recover when winter storms hit.