While we’re busy adding on the layers and hoping it’s appropriate to sport fuzzy house slippers outside, it is extremely important to keep our furry little friends in mind as well while we experience these record-low temperatures! Even though they have a layer of fur that we don’t have (most of us, anyway), they still need to escape the freezing cold weather!
A list of helpful tips for pet owners during the winter include:
1. Allow your cats to join you indoors. Outdoors, cats run the risk of freezing.
2. During the winter season, outdoor cats often seek warmth under the hoods of vehicles. Unfortunately when the car is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, tap loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give cats a time to escape.
3. Do not let your dog off the leash on ice or snow, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily get lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.
4. Thoroughly clean off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. They can ingest antifreeze, salt or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws.
5. Make sure your furry friend has a warm space to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
6. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator during the winter, holding in the cold and causing the pet to freeze to death.
7. Young puppies don’t deal with the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may decide to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to breed type, age or illness, take him/her outdoors only to relieve himself.
8. Does your furry friend spend a lot of time engaged in activities outdoors? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his coat, in the best possible shape.
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