Happy Holidays from New Hampshire - Tips on Winterizing Your Pets

Real Estate Agent with BHG The Masiello Group

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It's time to get your pet ready for the winter and the holiday season. 

The holidays can be a stressful time for both humans and their pets.  Here are a few tips and reminders to make the holiday season enjoyable for you and your pet.

Don't use glass ornaments. They may break and cut a your pet's feet and mouth.

  No edible ornaments. Your dog or cat may knock the tree over in an attempt to grab them.

   Whether your tree is live or ornamental, both kinds of needles are sharp and indigestible.

     Keep the tree in a room that can be blocked off or have a barrier so the pets cannot get to the tree.

      Tinsel is dangerous -- so if used, keep it up high. It may obstruct circulation and,if swallowed, block   the intestines.

    Chocolate and alcohol are toxic for pets. Keep eggnog, sweet treats and other seasonal goodies out of reach.

    Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are pet poisons! Keep them out of reach!

    Inspect all holiday gifts for dogs or cats to ensure they are safe and not toxic.  Items such as vinyl, plastic and small rawhide sticks may be dangerous.

     Keep lights away from lower tree branches. They may get very hot and burn dogs, cats (or toddlers).

      Be careful with electric cords.  Pets may chew them -- or they can get shocked or electrocuted.


  • Never leave your pet outside in the cold for long periods of time. Wind-chill makes the air colder than actual temperature readings.
  • Check on your pet's body temperature and limit time outdoors.
  • Provide adequate shelter.  Keep your dog or cat warm, dry and away from drafts.
  • If you gave an outdoor kennel... place blankets and pads on floors and/or in a plastic swimming pool for shelter and warmth.
  • Be Careful walking or playing with your dog near frozen lakes, ponds or rivers. Your dog could slip or jump in and get seriously injured (so could you).
  • Groom your pet regularly. A well-groomed coat keeps your pet insulated. Short and/or coarse haired dogs and short haired cats may get extra cold so consider a sweater or coat.
  • Long-haired dogs should have their nails clipped to ease snow removal and the cleaning of feet. Musher's wax is one product that safely and effectively coats the dogs pads, protecting them from ice, cold and cracking.
  • Blow-dry or towel dry your pet if  the pet gets wet from rain or snow. It is important to dry and clean their paws.
  • Don't leave your dog or cat alone in a car. It gets too cold and carbon monoxide from an engine left running is dangerous.
  • Careful with rock salt; it may irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your pet's feet after a walk.
  • Provide plenty of water. Your dog or cat is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer.   Remember snow is not a satisfactory substitute for water.
  • Frostbite is a winter hazard. To prevent frostbite on ears, tail and feet, don't leave your dog or cat outdoors for too long.
  • Be very careful of supplemental heat sources. Fireplaces and portable heaters can severely burn your pet. Keep portable heaters out of reach and make sure screens are in front of the fireplace.

The holiday season is NOT the best time to start training your pet.

  • Puppies, dogs, kittens and cats get stressed during the holidays. Allow them time-outs if you cannot supervise interactions between visitors and your pet.
  • Pets need to be exercised regularly for optimum health and well-being.
  • Just like humans, dogs need to be "conditioned" for specific sports or winter exercise.  Be sure to have your pet do a warmup.    
  • Different breeds are better coated for harsh winter weather. Short coated breeds, need protection!
  • If you have an energetic pet but it is too cold to be outside, consider a healthy outlet like indoor dog sports/agility - or indoor play with your cat. 
  • To alleviate winter boredom around the home, create games that simulate outdoor activity. What does your dog or cat enjoy doing: digging, chewing, chasing things down? Hide a biscuit or favorite toy or find a local indoor agility facility.  


The interest rates continue to be at historically low rates and the inventory and pricing is advantageous to Buyers.   Sellers in Southern New Hampshire who prepare their homes and price them for the current market conditions are able to sell their homes in today's market.  If you would like to know if it is a good time to buy a home or to sell, please contact me and I will be happy to assist ~ 603-566-1715 or email RealEstateAgentNH@gmail.com


Disclaimer: Information herein may come from various sources, some of which may not be reliable and may change without any notice. Joan Whitebook does not guarantee or is any way responsible for the accuracy of the information in this blog and information provided is without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Information on this blog represents the opinions and ideas of the author; comments by others may not express the views of the author. (c) 2011 "Happy Holidays from New Hampshire - Tips on Winterizing Your Pets"   BHG, The Masiello Group/Nashua 603.889.7600, Andrew White, Managing Broker.  Photo courtesy of DogTalk LLC. Tips with permission of Dog Talk LLC.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joan. This may just be the most comprehensive and thorough post on protecting your pet, I've ever read. I volunteer with an animal rescue and will print and distribute it. Thank you.

Dec 04, 2011 02:15 AM #1
George Souto
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Joan that is a very inclusive list.  But this is the first time I have ever heard the term "winterizing your pets" :)

Dec 04, 2011 11:58 AM #2
Kathryn Acciari
Cameron Real Estate Group - Shrewsbury, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

This is a fantastic collection of tips and ideas, Joan.  Pets need some extra attention as the holiday season gets under way.

Dec 04, 2011 01:25 PM #3
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Sheila ~  Thanks for the kind words.  I am glad you found the list comprehensive.  I hope that this is a good guide to help humans and their pets have a stress free holiday.

George ~  Hope all the pets have a stess free holiday... and yes, the term "winterizing your pet" has been around for a while...

Kathryn ~  Thanks for commenting on this post.  The pets do need some extra attention during the holidays.

Dec 04, 2011 11:20 PM #4
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Joan, Your dog is adorable.  You post is very informative to pet people.  We don't winterize our pets in south Florida, but actually do the reverse.  We can't keep them outside in the summer.  it's just too hot.  Happy Holidays!

Dec 05, 2011 02:16 PM #5
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Elyse ~  You will have to write a post on safety tips for pets who live in warmer climates!  :)  Hope you and your pets enjoy the holidays in South Florida.

Dec 06, 2011 12:32 AM #6
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