Winter Safety Tips

Colorado winters can be unforgiving. Pets are just as vulnerable to frostbite as humans are, so avoid leaving them outside for more than a few minutes. If your pet needs to be outside for necessary physical activity, invest in protective footwear for their paws and a sturdy jacket to keep them warm.

In addition to the cold, we have a diverse wildlife population that you and your pet may have encountered before. Bears, mountain lions, foxes and deer can all pose a hazard to your pet’s safety (and yours). Never leave your pet outside unattended, and make sure to check around your property before letting them out.

Another winter hazard involves toxic chemicals, including ice melt products and antifreeze. Avoid leaving open containers for these items sitting around where your pet can reach them, and check for spills in your garage and driveway. Sidewalk salt can also irritate your pet’s feet, so opt for a pet-friendly deicer instead.

Spring Tips

As the ground thaws and the air gets warmer, it’s natural that your pet (and you) will want to spend more time outside. However, take care to check around your property for poisonous flowers and plants, including azaleas, hydrangeas, crocuses, and lilies. Poison oak, ivy and sumac are also dangerous if ingested. Also, avoid using insecticides and lawn fertilizers that are not pet-friendly.

Parasites thrive in mild temperatures, so make sure your pet is up-to-date on their parasite preventatives. Ticks can spread Lyme disease, and fleas can cause allergic reactions in pets (and invade your home).

Summer Tips

Fall Tips

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