Tips for Animal Safety in Cold Weather
Published on Jan 06, 2017 / Local News
Bring them inside: Just because your pet is covered in fur doesn’t mean that they are less susceptible to cold temperatures. The best way to protect your pet from cold weather is to bring your pet indoors when the temperature reaches below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Are your pets not used to being indoors? House them in a bathroom or laundry room lined with blankets or towels, or consider purchasing a kennel to keep them snug and secure.
Understand their limits: Even if the temperature is above freezing, consider your pet’s age, size, fur length and any medical conditions that may make them more susceptible to extreme temperatures. Take your pet for shorter walks to limit exposure to the elements, and carefully observe their behavior for whining, shivering, lethargy, or weakness, which are signs of hypothermia.
Provide adequate shelter: If bringing your pets indoors is not an option, (though we strongly encourage it!) be sure to provide your pet with a warm, dry and safe shelter. Make sure they have access to fresh water, and change it frequently to avoid freezing. The shelter must have three sides, a floor and a roof, must face away from the oncoming wind, and must be off of the ground to avoid mud or water.
Check under the hood: Bang on the hood of your car before getting in and starting the engine. Cats have been known to curl up in car engines to stay warm.