Brrrr—it’s cold outside!

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I know not everyone is going through this cold time of year, but I had to pass it on to the ones that are.

The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.

  1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.
  2. 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, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.
  3. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can easily become lost. Make sure your dog always wears ID tags.
  4. Thoroughly 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 potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
  5. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
  8. Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape.
  9. Like 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 Centermore information.
  10. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maddmombetty
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 01:18:38

    My cats were always indoor cats, as it would keep them safer in the long run and it is a lot cheaper than taking them to the vet to get rid of fleas so the fleas don’t take up residence in your furniture. And for a whole host of reasons more…

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  2. bettylouise31
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 04:39:58

    Excellent😄

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  3. Megz
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 09:40:09

    So glad you posted this! There is so much out there regarding animals and hot temperatures in summer that I think a lot of people don’t think (or care) about how the cold weather affects their furry friends. I remember the first winter we had Seneca, she was 6 months old, short hair, hadn’t grown an undercoat OR belly fur. We got her a coat and anytime we bundled her up for a walk she looked so dejected/embarrassed but it kept her warm!

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  4. The Crafty Lady In Combat Boots
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 13:26:56

    Reblogged this on Traveling Lady in Combat Boots.

    Reply

  5. purpleborough
    Jan 09, 2015 @ 09:48:53

    Good Advice.

    Reply

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