Caring for your pets during cold weather

It reached a low of 30 degrees in Charlotte last night and tonight will be no different. The  bitter cold and numbing wetness has hit early!  Extra precautions during cold-weather months will make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm. Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months by following these simple guidelines (from the Humane Society):

  • Don’t leave cats and dogs outside when the temperature drops
  • If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat.
  • More water and more food in the winter.
  • Be careful with cars.Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.
  • Use salt safely. The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.
  • Avoid antifreeze. Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children.
  • Best tip of all–Keep your animals with you!

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