Puppy, It’s Cold Outside! PetSmart® Offers Winter Pet Safety Tips

  Puppy, It’s Cold Outside! PetSmart® Offers Winter Pet Safety Tips

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PHOENIX -- December 11, 2013

As winter weather blows in, PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) reminds pet parents to
keep their pets’ health and safety top of mind. While some thick-coated breeds
may handle the chilly temperatures better, special consideration should be
made for all dogs before heading outside.

“Pets aren’t always able to tell us when they are uncomfortable so it’s
important to watch for signs and plan ahead for low temperatures and icy
conditions,” said Dr. Simon Starkey, a PetSmart veterinarian. “With a little
preparation, winter can be a safe and fun time for pets.”

PetSmart provided these cold weather tips for pet parents:

  *Protect your dog’s coat with a coat or sweater: Make sure the apparel you
    choose is dry and doesn’t restrict your dog’s movement. Consider a Top
    Paw^® 3M Thinsulate jacket or a sweater to protect your dog from the
    elements, especially for breeds that are miniature, shorthaired, hairless
    or aren’t accustom to colder temperatures.
  *Keep your dog’s paws clean and protected: Check your dog’s paws during and
    after a walk for injuries such as cuts from ice and salt, cracked pads or
    ice that accumulates between his toes. Keeping the fur between the paws
    trimmed can help prevent ice from building up. A bootie made for dog paws,
    and fitted properly, also can protect the paws from icy sidewalks and
    extreme cold.
  *Wipe winter debris off your dog’s fur and paws: When you walk your dog
    outside, his feet and fur may collect remnants of de-icers and antifreeze
    which can be poisonous if licked off. Be sure to wipe off your dog,
    especially his paws before going back inside. Consider using pet-safe
    de-icing products around your home to reduce your dog’s risk of ingesting
    harmful chemicals.
  *Dogs get creaky joints, too: As dogs age they can get arthritis in their
    joints, just like humans, and cold, damp winter weather can increase
    arthritis pain. To help alleviate some of the pain, consider adding a
    nutritional supplement containing glucosamine to his diet.

Always check with your vet if you have concerns about your dog’s health. As
the largest specialty pet retailer in North America, PetSmart has apparel,
accessories and supplements to help your dog stay warm, active and healthy so
he can safely enjoy winter. For more information on cold weather products,
visit www.petsmart.com.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of
services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets and is a leading online
provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com).
The company employs approximately 54,000 associates and operates more than
1,314 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and over 196
in-store PetSmart^® PetsHotel^® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart
provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and
offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp ^SM
day care services and pet adoption services. Through its in-store pet adoption
partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of
more than 5 million pets since 1994. PetSmart Charities, Inc. and PetSmart
Charities of Canada, Inc. (“PetSmart Charities”) are independent, nonprofit
organizations that save the lives of homeless pets and reduce shelter intake
through spay/neuter efforts. In 2012, nearly 450,000 dogs and cats found homes
through PetSmart Charities’ adoption centers in all PetSmart stores and by
sponsoring community adoption events. PetSmart Charities is the leader in
granting money to help pets in need, with more than $28 million given in 2012
throughout North America.

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GolinHarris for PetSmart
Danielle Bickelmann
PetSmart Media Line
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