Weather Tips For Pets
When the weather outside turns cold and snowy,
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals reminds you to think about your pet's
safety and recommends the following guidelines to
protect your companion animal.
your cat inside. Outdoors, cats can freeze,
become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats
who are allowed to stray are exposed to fatal
infectious diseases, including rabies. Cats also
prey on wildlife.
the winter, outdoor cats
sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars.
When the motor is started, the cat can be injured
or killed by the fan belt. Before starting the
engine, bang loudly on the car hood to give the
cat a chance to escape.
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 they always wear I.D. tags.
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 chemicals while
licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed
from snow or encrusted ice.
a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat
or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck
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 dogs.
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. The animal can
freeze to death. If your dog is sensitive to the
cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him
outdoors only to relieve himself.
do not tolerate the cold as well as adult
dogs and may be difficult to housebreak during the
winter. If necessary, papertrain your puppy inside
if he appears to be sensitive to the weather.
your dog spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor
activities, increase his supply of food,
particularly protein, to keep his fur thick and
coolant, 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. Visit the
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center section of
our site for more information.
shave your dog down to the skin in winter.
Leave the coat longer for more warmth. When you
bathe your dog, completely dry him before taking
him out for a walk.
sure your companion animal has a warm place
to sleep away from all drafts and off the floor,
such as in a dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or
pillow in it.
Article courtesy: The American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Printed with permission.
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