Winter Pet Safety Tips

With many cold and snowy days ahead of us this winter, we've prepared a list of top safety tips to ensure you and your pet have a safe winter season.

  • Never leave your cat or dog alone in a cold car.   Cars hold in the cold, acting like refrigerators, which can cause your pet to freeze to death.
  • Keep your pets warm.  If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet. Although some breeds can withstand colder temperatures, it is important to supply adequate housing.
  • Keep animals away from winter puddles.  They may contain ethylene glycol found in antifreeze which can be fatal if ingested.
  • Keep your pets away from bodies of water. With melting ice and rising water levels, lakes can be extremely dangerous for you and your pet.
  • Wipe your pet’s paws and underside after being outside.  Salt and ice melt can irritate and burn, and also be fatal if ingested.
  • Be aware of cats seeking warmth under vehicle hoods.  Try knocking on the hood of your car to scare them away before starting the engine.
  • Dress for the weather.  Use booties and winter sweaters to help keep your pets warm during outdoor excursions.
  • Prepare an emergency pet survival kit.  You never know when a storm might keep you from being able to leave the house for extended periods.   Having an emergency pet survival kit could save a life.
  • Call the Niagara Falls Humane Society if you see any animals outside that look like they are lost and are in need of help.
Posted on: 1/5/2018 9:54 AM - Category: In the News