Help keep pets safe in frigid temperatures
December 13, 2008
NEW — 8:55 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008
With freezing temperatures expected, pets need protection from the cold. These tips will help keep pets safe during cold weather:
- DRESS APPROPRIATELY
A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs may need a coat or sweater for additional warmth while outside.
- INCREASE FOOD SUPPLY
Dogs have to work harder to stay warm when exercising outside. Increasing the food supply, particularly protein, will keep them and their fur in tip-top shape.
- BEWARE OF SEASONAL POISONS
Coolant and antifreeze can spill in the garage or on the street and are lethal poisons for dogs and cats. A dog’s paws, legs and stomach should be wiped when coming in out of the rain, sleet, snow or ice.
- OFFER A WARM SLEEPING SPOT
Providing a warm place to sleep, off of the floor and away from drafts, will keep dogs and cats feeling comfortable during the cold months.
- SAVE A LIFE BY TAPPING ON YOUR HOOD
Outdoor cats will climb under the hoods of cars for warmth, so be safe and bang loudly on the car’s hood before starting the engine to give any sleeping cats a chance to vacate.