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Winter Animal Safety Tips



Keep your pets inside; especially cats.  Felines left outdoors can freeze, become lost or stolen, injured or killed.  Cats who stray are also exposed to infectious diseases.  Outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars, which can be deadly once the vehicle is started.  If you know you have outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine.

Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, as dogs can become easily lost.  Make sure they always wear collars with ID tags.  If you do take your dog out, wipe off their legs and stomach when they come in, as they will lick their paws and in turn ingest salt, antifreeze or other dangerous chemicals.

If you bathe your animals in the winter, make sure you completely dry them.  If you take them out, consider putting a sweater or coat on them.

Never leave your animals alone in a car during the cold weather.  A car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

Make sure your animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from drafts.  A cozy dog or cat bed and a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

If you have an animal that prefers the outdoors, an shelter filled with hay will act as an insulator. Remember to make sure they have fresh water.

(Source:  ASPCA)