Even though your cat or dog may have a nice fur coat, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s going to keep him warm in sub zero weather. With temperatures staying below freezing in a huge part of the country right now, many pets are living outside are in danger. Please don’t let your pet be one of them!
Just like in people, prolonged exposure to cold weather can cause hypothermia, which in turn can cause frostbite, and even death. Ideally (at least in my opinion) your cat or dog should be living in the house with you anyway so the cold weather won’t be an issue. If your pet spends most of his time outside though, bitter cold weather is the time to bring them in from the cold.
It’s not just pets that are left outside in the backyard that can suffer the effects of cold weather. If you’ve been reading my blog long enough you’ve read my rants about people who leave pets in the car during hot weather. (they’re idiots!) Well, the same goes for cold weather. Just as the inside of a car tends to heat up in hot weather, it’ll get even colder than the outside air in cold weather. If you’re not willing to sit in a cold car for a long period of time without the heater running, don’t make your pet do it either!
Chances are your pet, especially if he’s a dog, is going to need outside sooner or later. When he does go out, be sure he doesn’t get into de-icer chemicals used on sidewalks and driveways. These chemicals can cause injury to the paws and when ingested are usually toxic and may make your dog ill. If your pet does walk through de-icer, clean his paws thoroughly when he comes back inside. And if you have snow on the ground, when he comes back in it’s a good idea to check the feet and remove any snow or ice that may be stuck between the pads.
Personally, the best way I can think of to keep my guys warm on cold nights is to have them on the bed with me…that way we all stay warm!