PROTECT YOUR PETS DURING SNOW & COLD WEATHER
Are your pets prepared? Our pets rely on us for their wellbeing, especially for outdoor dogs and cats. To help keep your entire family safe and warm, here are some winter safety reminders for both you and your furry family members.
- If possible, bring your pets inside during cold winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water.
- If your animals are outside, make sure their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts or ice.
- If your pets absolutely cannot come inside: make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lay down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with heavy plastic.
- Use a plastic water dish instead of metal one. Helps prevent your pet’s tongue sticking to it.
- Salt & other chemicals used to melt snow & ice can irritate your pet’s paws. Wipe your pet’s paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them & their mouth becomes irritated.
- Antifreeze is deadly! Wipe up your spills and keep out of reach!
- And lastly, there has been SEVERAL SIGHTINGS OF COYOTES IN THE AREA. Please check on your animals periodically and if you can, be outside with them, after dark.