Keeping Pets Safe
Now that the Northern Hemisphere is in winter's grip and the temperatures have dropped to single digits, it is time for us to consider our pets and the weather. While we have been busy getting our cars, our homes and ourselves ready for the winter's chilly blast, our friends at Foothills Animal Shelter in cold Colorado want to remind us to that our pets need to be ready too. Let's keep them safe and warm this winter season.
- Don't leave your pets outside in the elements. They are much happier, healthier and safer indoors.
- Salt and other snow-melting chemicals are harmful to pets if ingested. Be certain to use pet-friendly ice melts, available at pet supply stores.
- Make sure your pet always has access to fresh, unfrozen water when outdoors. FAS says it is best to use plastic bowls instead of metal because your pet's tongue can freeze and stick to metal when it is cold.
- Warm engines in parked cars can attract cats and other small animals that may crawl under the hood. Always bang your hood before starting the car to avoid injury of any animal hiding underneath.
- Antifreeze is a poisonous toxin, however, it tastes sweet and very tempting to animals. Be sure to clean up any antifreeze spills so your pet does not lick them up.
- If your dog must spend a significant amount of time outdoors, they should have a draft-free doghouse that is large enough for them to sit and lay down comfortably, but small enough to retain body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw.
Find more safety tips for your pets by visiting the Foothills Animal Shelter website.