Have Emergency Plans in Place
“Make sure a friend or neighbor has a key to your house/apartment, and that your dog is comfortable with that person,” Nicholas says. “This is a good precaution for when you get stuck at work due to snow and can’t make it home to feed your dog and get them out for their walk.”
It’s also a good idea to have an emergency plan in place in the event that you get snowed in with your pets or caught out in a blizzard.
Per Nicholas, this involves keeping your pet warm by wrapping them in blankets and jackets, having extra food on hand, and most important, making sure that your pet is sufficiently hydrated. “As important as keeping your dog (and yourself) warm and well fed is keeping them hydrated,” he explains. “People can easily forget that dogs dehydrate in cold weather, too. In a snowstorm, dogs still need plenty of unfrozen drinking water.”
If you find yourself without access to fresh water, you can always melt snow water for your pup, in a pinch, Nicholas says. “If your stove is out of commission, put the snow in Ziploc bags, bring the bags inside, and wrap them in a towel to melt.”