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Cold Weather Tips for companion animals.
Cold weather safety is crucial when caring for pets. Here are 10 winter pet care tips to keep pets safe in cold weather.
1. Never leave your cat or dog alone in a car during cold weather. Just like in summer, a car traps heat and in winter in traps cold. They can freeze to death in the cold and winter. Caring for your pet in winter or summer is basically using common sense.
2. Keep your cat indoors. Keeping cats indoors will prevent them from freezing outdoors, becoming lost or being stolen, injured or killed. Domestic cats are not cold weather cats.
3. Before starting your car engine, bang loudly on the car hood. Some outdoor cats seek the warmth of a car engine and sleep under the hoods of cars. This will allow the cat the chance to escape and prevent injury or death caused by the fan belt.
4. Give more food to your dog, particularly protein, if hes quite active outdoors. This will keep him and his fur in top shape.
5. Provide a warm place to sleep away from all drafts and off the floor. Cats and cold dont do well. Keep dogs warm, too. You can use a warm blanket, pillow or dog or cat bed. Or they can sleep in your bed, too!
6. Puppies are not as tolerant of cold weather as adult dogs; they are not cold weather dogs Therefore, it may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. Instead, consider paper-training him inside. If your dog is older or ill, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
7. Antifreeze is a lethal poison for cats and dogs. Thoroughly clean up any spills, and consider using safe antifreeze, the non-lethal type containing propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol, the lethal type, antifreeze poison.
8. Avoid shaving your dog in winter. His fur is his winter coat and will keep him warm. If you bathe your dog, ensure to dry him thoroughly before taking him out. For short-haired dogs, consider getting a coat or a sweater.
9. If your dog is out in snow or ice, thoroughly clean off his stomach, legs and paws to prevent him from licking antifreeze, salt or other harmful chemicals, and bleeding from encrusted snow or ice. You also want to prevent dog frostbite.
10. Ensure your dog wears ID tags at all times and is on leash on snow, ice or snowstorms. In these conditions, they can lose their scent and get lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season.

ASPCA | Cold Weather Tips
Pet Care: Pet Care Tips: Cold Weather tips: The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.
www.aspca.org › Pet Care › Pet Care Tips

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Cold Weather Tips for Your Pets
Title: Cold Weather Tips for Your Pets, Number: 496. Script writer: Dr. Laurie Greene, Source: U of MN Vet. Outreach Programs, Petcare ...
www.extension.umn.edu/info-u/pets/BB496.html

Cold Weather Pet Tips
22 Jul 2009 ... Cold Weather Pet Tips. This information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your ...
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Cold Weather Tips: Seasonal Pet Care: Pet Care
Please follow these guidelines to protect your companion animal when the temperature drops.. Keep your cat inside.
www.petfinder.com › Learn › Pet Care › Seasonal Pet Care
Winter Pet Care - Welcome to Healthypet.com!
Cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. ... If you have any questions about how long your pet should be out this winter, ...
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Dog Tip: Cold Weather Protection
5 Jan 2005 ... Following are timely tips to protect pets in cold weather. ... Winter pet care: * Brush your dog vigorously and regularly. ...
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