It’s the time of year Wisconsinites have come to know and love – bitter cold temperatures along with snowy and icy streets. The Wisconsin Humane Society would like to remind people who care for animals that this time of year may pose threats to their furry friends, and suggest the following tips to avoid cold weather perils and help keep their animals safe:
- Keep your animals inside. Even Northern Breed dogs like Malamutes and Chow Chows need heated, comfortable shelter away from bitter cold temperatures and high winds to stay safe. Only take your dogs outside long enough to relieve him/herself and keep cats indoors at all times.
- If you see spilled antifreeze, clean it up. The sweet taste of this lethal poison actually attracts animals. Use more animal-friendly formulations of products if possible, such as propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol.
- Never leave your companion animal alone in the car, especially in cold weather. The car can quickly become a refrigerator and your beloved animal can freeze to death.
- When your dog comes in out of the rain, snow or ice, thoroughly wipe off his or her legs, feet and stomach. Salt and antifreeze can kill dogs, so it is very important that these harmful substances are wiped off before your dog has a chance to lick them off his or her own paws.
For more winter weather safety tips from the Wisconsin Humane Society, visit their website.