Baby, it’s cold outside! Temperatures are quickly dropping in Central New York. With news folks chatting about winter weather and freeze warnings on just about every channel, we thought it would be a good idea to send some tips your way to help you make sure your pets stay warm, healthy and happy in the chilly days ahead!
- Inside is the place to be! Never leave your dogs or cats outdoors. If they get too cold or wet, they can get sick, just like you!
- Keep your pets hydrated! Trying to stay warm will take up a lot of your pet’s energy. Make sure there is always fresh water available for your animals! Don’t forget — your pet will need extra food during the winter months, too!
- Dress for the season. Have a shorthaired dog? He may be more cozy in a doggie sweater during walks. Try to find a coat or sweater with a high collar (think turtleneck style) and coverage all the way to the belly. Just because you’re a pup doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable!
- Cozy up! Just like you, your furry companion wants a warm place to sleep. A dog or cat bed with a blanket or pillow away from drafts is purr-fect!
- Never leave your pet alone in the car! In the winter, the car can become a refrigerator, causing your pet to freeze to death.
- Put the clippers away! Never shave your dog down to the skin in the winter — his coat will provide warmth. And if your dog needs a bath, dry him off completely before taking him outside on a walk.
- Heading for a snowy hike? Don’t let your dog off leash. Dogs can lose their scent easily and become lost in the snow. Don’t forget to make sure your pet wears an ID tag and has a microchip (with up-to-date owner information linked to it).
- Be cautious when you start your car. The warm engines of parked cars are a magnet for outdoor cats. They love sleeping under the hoods when it’s cold outside, but when the motor starts, the kitty can be injured — or even killed — by the fan belt. Bang your hood loudly before start the car so cats have a chance to move away!
Special thanks to the Animal Foundation for these helpful hints!