The freezing temperatures and winter weather have arrived! It’s tempting to think your pet’s fur will keep them warm while they’re outside. But remember – if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet! The Humane Society of Missouri urges all pet owners to keep the safety of their four-legged friends top of mind this winter with our lifesaving motto:
35° AND BELOW? PROTECT FIDO!
Bring Your Pet Inside: Wind chill makes the air colder than actual temperature reading. Limit your pet’s time outdoors to prevent frostbite on ears, tails, and feet.
Beware of Antifreeze: Antifreeze can collect on driveways and roadways. Although it smells and tastes good to your pet, it is highly poisonous and lethal. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, please contact your vet immediately!
Dry Off Wet Pets: Dry your pets of any rain or snow and clean your pet’s paws. Rock salt, sand, and chemicals used to melt ice can become embedded in paws causing pain.
Provide Adequate Shelter: Adequate shelter is mandatory by law. Provide an insulated and draft-free shelter. The opening should face south with a sturdy, flexible covering to prevent icy winds from entering. Insulate the shelter with cedar chips. Avoid towels which can easily dampen and make the space colder.