Focus On: Winter Pet Care
While 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.