The temperature is falling to frigid levels across the country, and the ASPCA is reminding pet owners that the cold weather can also be dangerous for our four-legged family members.
Below are some safety tips to keep in mind as the temperature drops:
- “It is important to always walk your dog on a leash, but when it snows this becomes critical,” says Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. “During a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears their ID tags.”
- 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. When it comes to short-haired dogs, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck that covers his whole back
- “Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car, especially during extremely cold weather,” advises Murray. “The temperature in the car drop very quickly, and it is not a safe place for your pet to be unattended.”
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.