UNION, NJ - You're probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pet’s health?

The Westfield Veterinary Group has some tips to keep your pet safe during the cold New Jersey winter.

  • Limit the time outdoors since ears and toes are prone to frostbite.
  • Check paws regularly and wipe away salt after being outdoors.
  • Be alert to hypothermia.  Signs include whining, shivering and sluggish behavior.
  • Bang on the car hood and check in tire wells before starting any car.  Cats often sleep in the wheel wells of cars during the winter months to keep warm. 
  • Keep pets on a leash.  More pets become lost in the winter because snow can disguise recognizable scents that might help them find their way home.
  • Ideally, all pets should live inside.  But if your pet lives primarily outdoors, bring them in during sub-zero temperatures.

The Union location of the Westfield Veterinary Group & Wellness Center is located at 1325 Morris Avenue.