Keeping Your Pets Safe in The Cold Weather
It's been downright cold overnight and in the morning, although we are expected to warm up by this weekend. If you have outdoor pets, please make sure they have a warm place to sleep. And, that they have an ample supply of water. In this cold, the water can freeze. I hope that in the colder days ahead you consider bringing your pets inside to stay warm.
If you choose to keep your pets outside, the Animal Humane Society has tips.
- Outdoor pets typically need more food in cold weather because they must burn more calories to keep warm.
- Check for frostbite, especially on paws and ears.
- Make sure your pet’s water is never frozen.
- Keep an eye out for and clean up all antifreeze spills — one lick of the sweet-tasting fluid can be fatal to an animal.
- Cats have been known to climb onto vehicle engines for warmth. Knock on the hood of your car before starting the engine if you suspect your cat could be inside.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia — weak pulse, dilated pupils, decreased heart rate, extreme shivering, pale or blue mucous membranes, body temperature below 95 degrees, stupor and unconsciousness. Consequences of extreme hypothermia may include neurological problems including coma, heart problems and kidney failure.
Of course, if you have any questions, always ask your veterinarian. You can read more about keeping your pets safe in cold weather here.