As winter takes hold in Granby, our cozy, mountain community has become a winter wonderland. Make sure that your four-legged companions are just as ready for the winter as you are. We’re sharing valuable tips on keeping your pets safe and happy during the winter weather.
Bundle Up, Paws and All
Just like us, pets can feel the chill of the winter air. Invest in a high-quality pet jacket or sweater to keep them warm during walks and outdoor playtime. Don't forget to protect their paws with booties, safeguarding them from cold surfaces, ice, and potentially harmful substances like road salt. Check for pet outerwear at Country Ace in Granby or Grand County Pet Pals.
Cold weather and high altitude can be deceptively dehydrating, so make sure your pets have access to fresh water at all times. Consider bringing a thermos with warm water during outdoor activities to keep them hydrated and comfortable. Pick up a thermos or reusable water bottle at Two Pines Supply.
Mind the Ice
While a frozen lake or pond may seem like an exciting playground for your pets, be cautious. Thin ice can pose a serious danger, so keep your pets away from frozen bodies of water to prevent accidents. Find useful ice safety tips and suggestions on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.
Ensure your accommodations are pet-friendly. Bring their favorite blanket or bed to create a familiar and cozy space for them to relax after a day of snowy adventures. If you happen to forget any crucial supplies, check out Country Ace or Murdoch’s.
Leash Up for Safety
Even if your pet is well-behaved off-leash, winter conditions can introduce new challenges. Keep them on a leash during walks to prevent them from straying into potentially hazardous areas or encountering wildlife.
Winter landscapes can be disorienting, especially for pets. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with up-to-date identification tags, including your contact information. In case they decide to explore on their own, this simple measure can expedite their safe return. If your pup does go on walkabout, report it to Grand County Pet Pals.
Cold weather can exacerbate existing health conditions. Schedule a pre-trip visit to the vet to ensure your pet is in good health for the winter adventure. This is especially important for older pets or those with pre-existing health concerns. Should you need vet services while in town, Brooks Veterinary Service and Granby Veterinary Clinic are centrally located.
With a little extra care and consideration, your winter mountain retreat can be an unforgettable experience for both you and your pets. Embrace the snowy landscape, embark on frosty hikes, and build everlasting memories with your furry companions—all while keeping their safety and well-being at the forefront of your winter vacation.