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11 Winter Weather Tips : As Told by Adorable Dogs

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Don’t be stuck in the dog house by not preparing for winter weather. Whether it is avoiding frostbite or heating your home safely, make sure you know how to prepare for and handle winter weather.

1. Winter weather can be hair-raisingly unpredictable.

Funny australian shepherd running and enjoy snow time in cloud of snow flying away from his legs

Unusual weather can hit at any time. That’s why it is important to be prepared for all types of weather emergencies. Take actions to prepare for winter weather before a storm impacts your area.

2. Be sure to dress properly for winter weather.

Huge Dogue De Borgeaux dressed with hat, scarf and sweater sitting in the snow

When temperatures drop, it is important to dress warmly, wear plenty of layers, and stay dry. Try to stay indoors when the weather is extremely cold, especially if there are high winds. If you have to go outside, be sure to practice winter weather outdoor safety.

3. Avoid exertion.

Cute small dog under a blanket snuggling with a teddy bear

Winter is a great time to stay in and cuddle. Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly.

4. Prepare your car for winter weather.

dog sitting in the drivers sear of a car

No one wants to ride unprepared. Always have an emergency kit in your car with supplies you can use if your car breaks down. Prepare your car for winter by following CDC’s guidance.

5. Heat your home safely.

two pugs staring wide-eyed in front of the fireplace

As these guys know, fire can be scary. Not knowing how to safely heat your home or use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater can be dangerous. Take time to learn about safe ways to heat your home and find more important winter weather indoor safety tips.

6. Create a Support Network.

four husky puppies in a basket

Even if your support network is not as cute as this one, it is important to have one. Having a support network of family and friends to help you during an emergency is very important. Check on your neighbors, and help older adults and the disabled shovel snow for safe walking paths. Use these CDC eCards to invite your friends and family to join your support network.

7. Know how to spot, avoid, and treat Frostbite and Hypothermia.

curly haired dog half burried in snow

Even with a fluffy coat of fur you could be at risk for frostbite or hypothermia in severe winter weather. Know the signs and how to avoid frostbite and hypothermia by following CDC’s Safe and Healthy Winter Weather guidance.

8. Take care of your pets.

pug-dog in winter outerwear pulling on a leash

Pets get cold too! During cold weather bring your pets inside, even if they don’t want to go. As you prepare your home for winter weather, take special measures to care for your pets, make sure they have adequate shelter and access to unfrozen water.

9. Tips for coping with severe weather.

dog covered in snow with large sad eyes

Coping with severe winter weather can be tough. Learn how to manage the stress and emotions of dealing with severe weather or a catastrophic event and how to maintain a healthy state of mind.

10. Avoid ice.

white dog staring at an icicle

Ice can be extremely dangerous. Many cold-weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered sidewalks, steps, driveways, and porches. Keep your steps and walkways as free of ice as possible by using rock salt or another chemical de-icing compound. Sand may also be used on walkways to reduce the risk of slipping.

11. Stay inside during severe winter weather.

Large saint burnard dog sitting on a couch leaning on a man trying to read the paper

When winter weather hits, find a comfy spot and try to stay inside. Staying indoors during extreme cold can help reduce the risk of car crashes, falls on the ice, hypothermia and frostbite. It’s also much cozier.

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    What a great way to send this message! Much better than a long memo that most won’t read because they think they already know- Good job!

    You got my attention, great way to impart an educational message. I will pass it on to many like minded friends.
    Thanks
    Carol

    Via the heart to the brain always works, specially in this technology/visually oriented society… good show

    I currently reside in S.California, but remember when I lived in Georgia during a snow storm. There were icicles on everything! Some of them were over 6 inches long, and looked as though they could do lots of damage. I definitely avoided ice in that situation! Great tip.

    This is a good and eye-catching way to give good information about how to survive cold weather during the winter. I live in California so the weather doesn’t get very cold here but I do travel to somewhere more chilly I will be sure to keep this blog in mind. Tip #7 talks about frost bite and hyperthermia, what are some good tools to have handy to treat these two?

    – The dogs look so cute in their outfits. This was a great way to keep my interest in learning about cold weather care.
    – This is so good to know for trips. I visited the bay last year at this time and I wish someone warned me about how to prepare for that weather.
    -When work outdoors in cold weather was mentioned did you mean work slow to help maintain an adequate respiratory rate?

    This post was very informative and provided good information that can be helpful to any area that experiences a lot of cold weather. When I was younger i grew up in Michigan and the winters were very difficult because of the constant threat of getting sick and the low immune systems. Reading these tips really reminded me of the importance of being prepared and to plan out the safest route to avoid ice. You mentioned that you need to avoid ice and that is a very good tip but should be done if ice has already formed? What should be done to remove or are there any preemptive methods that should be done.

    This was a great way to send out this message. It keeps the reader interested, especially if one can relate to these. I think that keeping a support network is very important, especially because here in California where I live there are some places where neighbors are acres apart and you may not be very close. This would be good for the elderly people I know too just in case anything happens and there is an emergency they will have that person to call for help. I have outside dogs and they are normally outside when it is cold here in california and seem to be okay, is there a certain temperature that you would reccommend bringing the dogs inside?

    This is very helpful for those of us who are not familiar with such low temperatures. I myself am from California and was in for a bit of shock when visiting family in Michigan. It was freezing and i was definitely unprepared. What is the best advice for heating your home without running up an expensive electricity bill?

    Living in california i never prepare for winter because for the longest time we haven’t really had a winter that has lasted more than a week! So what are some California-like things some people prepare for in the winter?
    Also living in California i never wear jackets, so sometimes i’m shell shocked when its colder than i expected and i didn’t bring a jacket.
    As for pets, some pets get bored being inside for so long. What i like to do for my dogs when i keep them inside is have chew toys and bones in their spot so they have something to entertain themselves with. Frequent tummy rubs are given and they follow me around when all else fails.

    Interesting way to give informative information.
    While stationed in Japan, my pets had their first experience with snow and cold weather, they suffered just as much as we human did. I remember the huge ‘killer’ icicles that would form from the rooftops, we would have people walking around breaking them off, before they would crash and injure pedestrians.
    My dogs are very messy drinkers how would you recommend providing adequate unfrozen water for your pets during freezing temperatures.

    The idea of using images was an effective way of attracting readers. In fact, I read the entire blog because I was entertained while being informed. I was anxious to read the next winter tip as much as I was excited to see the next picture of a dog. In my own experience, I know how it feels to be sadly unprepared for the winter. My family and I went on a camping trip with very little knowledge of how the weather was going to effect our plans. Luckily, we made friends with a neighbor that was able to help us out. That neighbor probably stumbled upon a blog like this. With the readers attention, you can inform them on anything. However, I do live in California. Which tips are most important to me? Or, should I be more concerned about the summer weather conditions?

    This is a very helpful guidelines to keep in mind during the winter season. I know ice/snow can be really dangerous, and people, even pets, can get into accident and hurt themselves. These tips help prevent people from getting hurt, spending extra money and even going on a trip to the hospital. There was one time we went to Big Bear Mountain, California, and I was not wearing enough layers, so I got sick after a few days. However, my question was, what would be a good remedy or first aid for frostbites?

    Very informative and direct. I think the tip about having an emergency kit in the car great. I have one and I don’t think many people think of this.

    Creative way to express this message. But what of those people who are less fortunate (ex. homeless) could there be any extra tips we could provide to them?

    Living in california all my life i never really prepare for winter as some people do. What are some California like things we can prepare for?
    I never really wear jackets being that in California our winters do not last more than a week, sometimes I’m surprised when its colder than it should be and wish i really had brought a jacket with me.
    Also for the trick about bringing your dogs in when the weather is cold, sometimes dogs get restless and bored, i think to have lots of chew toys and bones for my dogs to keep themselves busy while they are inside. When that doesn’t work i resort to tummy rubs until they are so comfortable they get tired.

    Great Blog with lots of handy information. I was unaware that with heart disease or high blood pressure one needs to contact doctor and work slow in cold weather (Good tip). Fortunately for me I live in California, are there any tips on how to help one from California adapt to winter weather when visiting extreme cold weather?

    This is a great way to get people’s attention and get some very necessary information out. Where I live, we never get snow- EVER! One year, out of the blue, we got hit with a massive storm. No one was prepared for it. The thing I noticed the most was that no one knew how to drive in such weather. Ice, melting snow, and freezing temps can make for some dangerous roads. I grew up with a father who prepared us for everything. When I learning how to drive, he purposefully got the truck stuck in the mud and then made me figure out how to get out on my own. He would always have us drive in rougher conditions, with him present of course, to make sure we were prepared. I ended up spending the day driving my husband around to take care of his business, and to get friends unstuck. Does anybody know if their hometown, or region, offers an “all-weather” driving course? I think everybody should have to take that before they drive.

    What a great way to send out a message to those who live in cold areas! Definitely caught my attention! Love it! Too bad I do not live in a cold climate, I would really love to! Here in Southern California we do not experience snow nor much of the winter temperatures. I noticed you said to prepare as well with our furry friends by not giving them such cold water, but I have a husky and I was wondering would cold water be bad for her as well ? I know huskies were first bred in Alaska around a cold climate, so is cold water really bad for my husky or should I start giving her room temperate water even though our coldest temperature would be around the 50’s range ?

    This is a cute blog that provides awareness of how to survive the winter weather. Although we live in southern California and our temperatures do not drop down to such severe weather conditions, this blog is informative and a friendly reminder of how to be alert, be prepared, and how to cope in cold weather. Although some of these do’s and don’t’s seem like common sense, some people are just not aware how cold weather can have a negative impact, for example southern Californians. I’m sure people who live in colder climates are more prepared then people who don’t, but shouldn’t everyone be prepared for any situation? What about people who go on vacation, or a sudden snow storm hits sunny california, what would we do?

    This article was very informative and creative. Using animals is always an attention grabber for people.

    Winters have become very brutal in the past couple years and people tend to be caught out in the cold (pun intended). Being prepared, or even over prepared, is the best advice one could get. Despite the fact that it doesn’t reach freezing temperatures in Southern California, this article is great advice when traveling to other states that experience freezing winters or for even traveling up to the mountains. No one wants to be caught in a snowstorm with little or no provisions.

    What is a good way to prevent pets from getting cabin fever from being coped up in the house during gnarly winter weather?

    I really liked how the message was brought across. Often times during very cold weather, people do not use the proper way to heat up their house. Sometimes older space heaters are used that could cause an electrical short or fire. That’s why I thought tip #5 was great. I know we should stay inside during cold weather, but if we happen to venture out, how long does it take to get frost bite if some part of our body-such as our ears-are left exposed?

    Learned something new when speaking about slowing down when working in cold weather. Reminds me of being in the Navy in Great Lake Illinois when we shoveled snow from the enternace of buildings. Are there any other tips for cold wheather?

    I agree, with the other comment on how this was a great way to get the message out. I think the pictures helped to keep people entertained because of the topic being so vague. I do not think that people often think about winter safety, especially with how they may heat up their home. In my experience driving during cold weather can be dangerous and I think that more people should be educated on driving during these weather conditions. Is there any information out on driving in the winter, and if there is a high accident rate during this season?

    As we know , the severe winter weather can cause some of the disease such as Raynaud’s disease. Fingers or toes will change the color of your skin from white to blue in response to cold. So , keeping warm and let the blood return to normal blood flow is very important. The disorder is also more common in people who live in colder climates ?

    @JadePacheco, Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart, so people with heart disease or high blood pressure should follow their doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. Remember your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so you may become tired quicker and need to take breaks more often. For more outdoor winter weather tips, visit CDC’s webpage http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/duringstorm/outdoorsafety.asp.

    What a great way to pass a message in a creative matter, that can be understood by all ages. These are such helpful tips, even though I reside in California and winters aren’t harsh, it doesn’t hurt to know just in case. As a dog owner myself, these tips really hit home. At what temperature should we take our dogs in from the cold?

    What is interesting about this blog? This blog is interesting because it takes learning safety tips in a fun way to a whole other level.
    How does this relate to something in your life. This blog relates to my life because, I always make a annual trip to Wisconsin around Christmas and I know how cold it can get, so reading some of these tips will make my trip a lot easier and warm. 🙂
    What changes or adjustments can you make from the knowledge gained in this blog. Some of the changes that I can do to help improve my life in the winter, is to always check and make sure that my car is serviced before an upcoming storm. I also can stock up on foods and necessities in my home, just in case anything happens and I am not able to go outside.

    What is interesting about this blog is that it is illustrated with dogs, which is really cute. It is also interesting to me because I have always wanted to move some place where they have actual winters.
    This relates to my life because as a nurse, if I decide to move to an area where there are harsh winters, then I would have to know how to help patients with winter related issues and also I would need to know how to educate patients on how to take care of themselves during the winter.
    The changes I could make from the knowledge I gained in this blog would be that if I did move to a place with harsh winters then I could follow these tips to keep myself healthy and safe.

    1.What is interesting about this blog : my interest in this blog is one the love of adorable dogs and also the love for winter. But when winter hits it is very important to know what types of precautions to take.
    2.How does this relate to something in your life: this relates to my life because you never know when the weather will change drastically. i myself live in california and for the most part there isnt much snow, but it is vey important to know as much as you can in these times with the drastic weather changes occuring.
    3.What changes or adjustments can you make from the knowledge gained in this blog: the changes we all can make is just for cautionary measures keep an emergency bag prepaired for those times that you dont think you will really need it in which you just might. It is always a good thing to be overly prepaired then not prepaired at all

    The presentation of the information is very interesting, I love the idea of using something fun to convey information. Very useful tips, will likely be much more careful when working in colder weather, I didn’t know the cold put more strain on the heart!
    An adjustment I could easily adopt is the implementation of an emergency kit in my car in case of any unforeseen events occurring.

    This article was very informative on how quickly cold weather may happen, no one is in control of the weather so we should always be prepared. I think it is good to be ready even though I tend to be more slacked off on that because I do live in CA. where we haven’t really experienced much cold weather. I wish we had more of a winter but its always good to plan for the unexpected.
    This article is very relatable because I am not prepared for any types of serious winter weathers so it helps bring to reality that it can occur at any time.
    The changes that I can make in my life it to take measures into my own hands on preparing my family and household with adequate things to bare a winter storm.

    Living in SoCal, i dont really experience much cold weather. However, at time i spend a week or two in Big Bear during the winter which, if were lucky, there can be a good amount of snow. What i really got the most out of this blog is how important it is to know how to operate any kind of heating equipment in the household. During one of my trips to Big Bear, my father did not know how to operate the fireplace because it was gas operated and were used to just lighting wood. long story short, we caused a small combustion which almost caught my father’s hair on fire. since then, my father tends to stay away from gas operated chimneys.
    Overall, i really enjoy this post and every advice mentioned should definitely be considered.

    This blog was very interesting, coming from a fairly cold city in London and moving to sunny warm, Southern California, I tend to forget what the bitter cold could feel like. However it was interesting to get to know how much the cold can actually affect an individual and their health. I wasn’t taught many of the information in a formal way when living in London and dealing with the cold, but you come to learn of it from experience. I was able to relate to quite a few of the points described within the blog. Though it may not get as icy, or snow, in Southern California, when going to places that are cold whether on vacation or simply when temperatures drop, this information can be very handy.

    The interesting thing about this blog is that they use a creative and fun way to appeal to the audience and inform them about cold weather! I absolutely love it! It’s direct and to the point making it easy to follow along and apply!
    This relates to something in my life because I live by the mountains and absolutely dislike the cold so this would actually allow me to stay warm and happy during the cold winters. In addition to that, I am becoming a nurse so if I work with a patient whom lives in harsh climate conditions then I can give them some tips on how to stay warm and avoid frostbite. I don’t think there are any changes that should be done to this article! I like how they give links to learn more about the topic as well!

    In addition, some changes that I could make is that when I go to areas where harsh conditions occur, I will be more prepared and aware of the dangers that can occur such as frostbite. I should not be taking that lightly, as if it cannot be an issue. I will take the cold climates more serious and be ready for them, rather than not being prepared and just bringing little clothes to cover up.

    What I found most interesting about this post was the way the information was conveyed using adorable images of dogs to accompany each tip, making the post more entertaining to read. Living in southern California the information from this post does no apply very much BUT it can be very cold in the winter so I will keep the exertion to a minimum when working outside in the cold.

    The main thing I found interesting about this blog is that there is information on how to keep my dogs safe from the cold when winter comes along. I have two dogs that are very sensitive to the cold so during the winter, I let their coats grow longer so that they have more warmth. I also let them sleep inside so that their heart rates don’t escalate when they are trying to sleep. If they are still cold in the house, I let them sleep on my bed so that we can all share body warmth.

    This blog was attention getting and interesting., even though I live in California where we do not get much of a winter. What caught my attention about this blog were the dogs, they are adorable. Even though I cannot readily use the advice from this blog it was still helpful, just in case I ever move out of California or visit another state in the winter time. Something, new I learned from this blog was that heart conditions can worsen in the winter if precautions are not taken. As a future nurse I can use this blog as a way to teach my patients preventative measures.

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