no images were foundBrr….. It is supposed to be cold outside as winter has arrived in our area. We want to wish you a fun filled time as you bundle up and head out to play in the snow with your pets. Don’t forget your pet can be affected by the cold as well, frostbite doesn’t just happen to people. Some pets remain outdoors all year round. Make sure these animals have a draft free shelter with clean, dry bedding they can make a nest in. The water supply should be checked regularly to ensure it is not frozen and they may need an increase in their food ration when it is really cold outside.
Suggestions For The Cold…
- Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
- Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
- Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.
- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
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- Consider keeping your indoor/outdoor cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze and sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.
- Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
- Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. More information can be found at ASPC Animal Poison Control Center.
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