Humane Society offers winter tips to keep pets safe, healthy
December 6, 2013
NEW — 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013
With snow and freezing temperatures here, it’s time to prepare pets for the winter weather. Seattle Humane Society offers these tips to keep pets safe when the temperature dips.
Keep pets indoors
Pets can get frostbite, too. Never leave pets outside in freezing temperatures for an extended period of time. On freezing cold days, keep their walks and snow-romps short. Never let dogs off the leash on snow or ice. Dogs can lose their scent and become easily lost. Always make sure pets are microchipped and wear ID tags.
A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs 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 their food supply, particularly protein, will keep them in tip-top shape.
Beware of seasonal poisons
Coolant and antifreeze can spill in the garage or on the street and are lethal to dogs and cats. A dog’s paws, legs and stomach should be wiped off when coming in out of the rain, sleet, snow or ice. Make sure to use dog booties to prevent pets from getting chemicals and street salt on the pads of their feet, which can lead to burns and poisoning if they lick their feet.
Offer warm sleeping spots
Pets belong inside with the rest of the family. 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 the car 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.
If you suspect that an animal is being neglected or abused, contact your local animal control agency. See a list of agencies here.