Caring For Your Pets in Cold Weather

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Volunteer Marie Roome takes Leela out for an evening walk on OHS’s dog path.

Keep your furry friends comfortable and safe during wintry weather with these quick tips:

  • Limit the time that your pet stays outside, especially if they are sensitive to the cold weather.
  • Young and senior pets can be especially vulnerable to cold temperatures.
  • Even though it’s cold, pets can still become dehydrated if they are getting a lot of exercise. Provide access to fresh clean water and make sure outdoor water bowls don’t freeze over
  • Make sure you wipe your dog’s paws after a walk to remove any potential irritants like salt or ice-melt products.
  • Use non-scented cat litter to help increase traction in icy conditions.
  • Watch for anti-freeze or other chemical in run off under cars or in garages. This toxic liquid has a sweet taste, but can be deadly for pets. Quickly remove puddles or possible contamination by wiping down and rinsing appropriately. If your pet is exposed to anti-freeze, make note of the type and volume and seek immediate veterinary attention.

Additional information can be found here.

At OHS, we use a safe non-toxic ice melt on our sidewalks and driveways to melt the ice and keep our pets safe. We also have a great “snow crew” made up of volunteers who help care for the pets at OHS during bad weather.


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