HSCO offers cold-weather pet safety tips
As frigid, below freezing temperatures hit Central Oregon, the Humane Society of Central Oregon would like to remind people to provide extra care for their pets.
- Pets are best kept inside.
- Bring your pet inside when the temperature drops to 32 degrees with the wind-chill factor.
- Dogs and cats can get frost bitten ears, nose, and feet if left outside.
- Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate paws. Buy “pet safe” ice melters. Wash off paws if pets have walked through chemicals.
- If your pet must be kept outside:
-Provide a dry, elevated dog house with clean dry bedding and a flap over the opening to
keep drafts out. Heated pet beds are available.
-Make sure the water bowl does not freeze. Heated water bowls are available.
-Outdoor pets need more calories to produce body heat.
- Keep antifreeze, salt and other household poisons away from pets.
- Make sure a cat has not crawled under your car seeking shelter and warmth near the engine. Tap on hood before starting the engine.
- Booties allow your dog to walk in the snow and prevent injury from ice.
- Dog jackets and sweaters are more than fashion, they will keep small, senior and single coated dogs warm.
- Indoor pets get less exercise and expend less energy keeping warm, so feed them less.
- Watch your pet around heating stoves to prevent burns and dehydration.
- Horses need winter care too:
-Make sure your horse has clean, dry bedding. Moist bedding can cause foot infection.
-Make sure water in trough does not freeze.
-Have hooves checked and prepared for winter.