Cold Weather Tips
- Beware of antifreeze! In just tiny amounts, antifreeze is deadly if
ingested. Clean up spills immediately, store chemicals securely away
from pets, and look for products containing propylene glycol instead
of ethylene glycol.
- Bring all pets indoors during frigid weather. Older, very young, or
ill pets, pets not acclimated to the cold, and certain shorthaired breeds
of dogs are especially sensitive to the cold. Trips outside should be
kept brief to prevent frostbite.
- Keep cats indoors. Free-roaming cats may curl up in wheel wells or
under the warm hoods of cars. Before starting the engine, bang on the
hood or press the cars horn to alert any sleeping animals.
- Provide extra calories. Animals that are active outdoors may need
extra nutritional calories in their diet to give them added energy needed
in colder weather. Ask your veterinarian for details.
- Shelter your pet! If dogs spend time outdoors, they should be provided
with proper shelter, which is dry and secure from the wind and weather.
Fresh hay or cedar shavings provide dry bedding materials. The shelter
should have a floor elevated from the ground.
- Shovel paths for pets. Deep snow makes it difficult for older and
smaller pets to walk and can aggravate conditions such as arthritis.
- Remove ice, snow, sand, and salt. Thoroughly wipe off pets foot
pads and stomach fur with warm water when they come in from the outdoors.
Ice, rock salt and sand can be extremely irritating to animals
skin. These and other snow-melting chemicals can be harmful to pets
if swallowed while licking their pads and fur.
- Always supervise and keep your pet on leash. Winter can spell trouble
for pets that wander onto half-frozen lakes and ponds. Plus, mounds
of snow make it difficult to see animals running in the street.
- Never leave your pet in the car. Just as the sweltering heat of summer
can kill pets in cars, frigid temperatures can easily freeze pets to
death. Never leave your pet in the running car. Pets will be safest
if left in the warmth and comfort of your home.
- Provide pets with a warm, draft-free place to sleep. Caged pets, such
as birds, hamsters, and guinea pigs, are especially sensitive to cold
drafts. Keep cages in a warm, dry area of the house.
For further information contact:
The Milford Humane Society
P.O. Box 171
Medway, MA 02053