If it’s too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet.
Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines from The Humane Society:
- Remember to bring your pets inside. Do not leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops.
- Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Even during short walks, short-haired dogs can become cold quickly and may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater.
- Rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet and may be toxic if ingested. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth. Use pet-safe products whenever possible.
- If there are feral or stray cats in your area, they need protection from the elements as well as food and water.
- Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. Bang on your car's hood to scare them away before starting your engine.
- If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you're concerned and take steps to report neglect if the behavior continues.