Winter And Your Pets

Their Fur Coats Won't Protect Them

 

Some pets are bred for cold weather (i.e. Saint Bernard's and some long hair cats) and some are not (i.e. Grey Hounds and some short or hairless cats). Determine the special needs of your pet. Warm weather dogs should only be let outside on cold days for as long as they need. Cats, unless on leash, should never be allowed to run free.

No pet should ever be allowed to run free, but the winter is an especially dangerous time. Due to the sound dampening effects of snow, pets often can not hear cars coming. It is also easier for the pet to become lost and they can easily freeze to death.

If your pet has a containment system and will be outdoors during cold days take the following precautions

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If cats run free in your neighborhood, tap on your hood before starting your car. Cats will often climb under the hoods of cars to get warm.

Although our pets have strong natural instincts, our care will help keep them happy and healthy.