Cold Weather Tips
- KEEP your cat inside. Outdoor felines can freeze, become lost or stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.
- DURING 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. If there are outdoor cats in your area be sure to bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine so the cat can escape.
- NEVER let your dog off the leash in snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm - dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter months than any other season, so make sure your dog always wears ID tags, and a microchip.
- THOROUGHLY wipe your dog's legs and stomach off when they come in from sleet, snow and/or ice. They can ingest salt, antifreeaze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws. Their paw pads could also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
- DO NOT shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months be sure to completely dry them before taking them for a walk. Consider getting a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
- 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.
- PUPPIES do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may have to paper train them inside.