Focus on: Winter Pet Care


Focus On: Winter Pet Care

dog in snow.jpgWhile focusing on your home, don’t leave your furry friends out in the cold! Here are a few tips from your pet friends at the Oregon Humane Society:

  •  Bring pets indoors when temperatures dip toward the freezing point.
  • If you must leave pets outside:
    • Feed them more, so they can produce adequate body heat.
    • Check bowls regularly to be sure water and food are not frozen.
    • Use plastic bowls. Tongues—pet or human—can stick and freeze to cold metal.
    • Feed pets less when they spend the winter indoors and get less exercise.
  • After pets spend time outdoors, wipe their paws to remove dangerous antifreeze, salt or other chemicals. Also check for encrusted ice or injury.
  • Keep dogs on a leash; especially in winter, they can lose their scent and become lost.
  • Never leave a pet alone in a cold car; it can freeze to death.
  • Keep your local family vet and emergency vet phone numbers close at hand.
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