Pet Corner - Cold Weather Care for your Pets

*Keep pets indoors in winter if possible. Outdoor pets must have shelter and heat against the cold. Always have fresh water available, snow is not a substitute. *Check under a car's hood before starting the vehicle and honk the horn to startle any cat or other animal that may have climbed onto the idle engine for warmth.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

*Keep pets indoors in winter if possible. Outdoor pets must have shelter and heat against the cold. Always have fresh water available, snow is not a substitute.

*Check under a car's hood before starting the vehicle and honk the horn to startle any cat or other animal that may have climbed onto the idle engine for warmth.

*Remove snow and salt from pets' paws immediately. Store snow removal products out of the reach of pets.

*Guard against frostbite by allowing your pet limited exposure outside when the weather is bitter. Dogs can get frostbite, and their skin will become red or gray and may slough. As with humans, thaw out frostbitten areas slowly and contact your veterinarian.

*Clean up antifreeze spills immediately. Even a small amount ingested can be fatal to pets.

*Keep snowdrifts from piling up next to your fence to prevent your dog a way of escape.

*Groom your pets. They need well-groomed coats to keep them properly insulated.