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.
Here 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 her ID tags.”
Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a full 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 drops 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.