North Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – As what has been called the season’s strongest cold front makes its way toward northern Texas, the ASPCA is reminding pet owners that cold temperatures can be dangerous for pets.
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) urges pet owners to take measures to keep their pets safe as hikes move across town from the mid-1970s on Saturday to the mid to mid-30s on Sunday.
Susan Anderson, disaster response manager for the ASPCA National Field Response Team. “Pets can freeze, become disoriented, get lost, injured, or even killed from being left outside in the cold. All animals, including those outdoors, should be brought in and kept indoors immediately until the storm and cold temperatures pass” .
While many areas across the country are experiencing the effects of harsh winter weather, experts offer the following advice:
- If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. During inclement weather, keep your pets indoors where they can stay warm and safe, and consider giving short-haired or smaller dogs a coat and socks to wear during short walks. Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep off the ground with extra bedding and away from drafts. If you notice frostbite symptoms, such as discoloration, swelling, or skin sores, contact your vet immediately.
- After each walk, be sure to dry your pet with a towel and clean its paws and stomach. While walking, your pet may step in snow, salt, and chemicals – which can be very painful. Remember to check for cracks in the foot pads or redness between the toes. Pantyhose can be effective in covering and protecting the paws when going out for a walk.
- construction Portable Pet Emergency Kit In case you are trapped in your home or have to evacuate. The kit should include essential items such as medical records, water, water bowls, pet food, and any necessary pet medication that will last at least five days. Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. If you evacuate, do not leave your pet behind. If you are at home without electricity, consider keeping your pet with a friend or family member and provide detailed care instructions and contact information for your vet.
- All pets, especially small and curious pets, will need more food and water on cold days, especially if your power goes out. Cold weather means more calories are expended to stay warm, so it is essential to keep them properly hydrated. If you are short on pet food, here is a list of common foods you can mix with kibble or serve on your own for a dog or cat meal.
- Be prepared in the event of a power outage. Determine well in advance which rooms in your home offer safe havens. These rooms should be free of windows, such as utility rooms, bathrooms, and basements. Fill bathtubs and sinks beforehand to ensure you have water during a power outage. Candles and pets can be a dangerous combination. Instead of candles, consider battery-powered bulbs, light bulbs, and headlights
- During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes seek shelter under cars. Ring the hood of the car loudly before starting the engine to give the cats a chance to escape.