Safety Tips To Pet Owners
your cats inside. Outdoor cats can freeze, become lost or stolen,
injured or killed.
the winter, outdoor cats sometimes choose to sleep under the hoods of
cars where it is warmer. Before starting your car you should bang loudly
on the hood and wait a few seconds to give the cat a chance to escape.
let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a
snowstorm. Dogs frequently lose their scent in snow and ice and can
easily become lost. More dogs are lost in the winter than any other
season, so make sure they always wear I.D. tags.
wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when they come in out of the sleet,
snow or ice. Salt, antifreeze or other chemicals could hurt your dog if
ingested while licking their paws.
even in very tiny doses is a lethal poison for dogs and cats.
Unfortunately, because of its sweet taste, animals are attracted to it.
Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. To prevent
accidental poisoning; more and more people are using animal friendly
products that contain propylene glycol rather than traditional products
containing ethylene glycol. Call your veterinarian or The ASPCA Animal
Poison Control Center (1-888-4ANI-HELP) if you suspect your animal has
you have a shorthaired breed, consider getting a warm coat or sweater
with a high collar or turtleneck for your dog. Look for one that covers
the dog from the base of the tail on top to the belly underneath. While
this may seem like a luxury, it is a necessity for many.
leave your dog or cat alone in a car during the cold weather. A car can
act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. Your companion
animal could freeze to death.
your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type,
take them outdoors only long enough to relieve themselves.
do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to
housebreak during the winter.
your dog spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities, increase
their supply of food, particularly protein, to keep their fur thick and
sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep and is far away
from drafts and off the floor. You should consider a dog or cat bed or
basket with a warm blanket or pillow in it.