Thursday, January 19, 2012

Keeping pets safe

During these past few chilly, snowy days you make sure to bundle kids and yourself, but what about your pets? ASPCA lists cold weather tips for companion animals on their website. Among their tips:

• Keep cats inside. If you do have outdoor cats in your neighborhood, bang loudly on the hood of your car before starting it--cats will often climb under hoods to stay warm and can be injured or killed when the car is started.
• Let your dog's fur be a bit longer in the winter to keep him warm. If you have a short-haired breed, consider buying a sweater or jacket to keep the dog warm.
• Things like anifreeze and coolant are poisonous to pets. Keep them away from these products, clean up any spills, and make sure to clean paws, stomachs and legs after coming in from walks.
• Don't leave your pet alone in the car during cold weather.

For the rest of the ASPCA's suggestions, click here.

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