If it’s too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet. Remember to bring animals inside. Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines from The Humane Society:
- Remember to bring your pets inside. Do not leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops.
- Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Even during short walks, short-haired dogs can become cold quickly and may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater.
- Rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet and may be toxic if ingested. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth. Use pet-safe products whenever possible.
- If there are feral or stray cats in your area, they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. Learn more.
- Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. Bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.
- If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you’re concerned. If someone you raise these concerns with continues to neglect their animals, follow these steps to report wintertime neglect.
For more information, visit the Humane Society or find Cold Weather Guidelines for Large Animals and Livestock on www.ready.gov.