Mallory Kerley, media coordinator for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, offers tips for pet owners in cold weather:
The temperature is falling to frigid levels across the country, and the ASPCA is reminding pet owners that the cold weather can also be dangerous for our four-legged family members.
Below are some safety tips to keep in mind as the temperature drops:
z "It is important to always walk your dog on a leash, but when it snows this becomes critical," says Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.
"During a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears her ID tags."
z Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a full coat will provide more warmth.
When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk.
When it comes to short-haired dogs, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck that covers his whole back
z "Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car, especially during extremely cold weather," advises Murray.
"The temperature in the car drops very quickly, and it is not a safe place for your pet to be unattended."
z Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts.
A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.