Saturday, January 5, 2013

Winter safety for pets

Brrr! It's cold outside.

Winter is officially upon us, and although we are lucky to live in a mild climate here in San Diego County, there still are some things to keep in mind during the colder months. 

The ASPCA suggests the following tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy: 

·         During the winter, cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars to keep warm. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. Bang loudly on the hood before starting your car to give the cat a chance to escape.

·         Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer 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. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear. 

·         Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol
·         Make sure your pet 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.

From all of us here at the Escondido Humane Society, happy New Year, and we’ll see you in 2013!


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