The transition from fall to winter is almost complete. The temperature is dropping and it’s only going to get colder. If you’re an animal lover – pet owner or not – find below several tips on how to keep the animals in your life safe and warm this cold season.
Cpl. Al Peterson, NJ State SPCA Humane Police, a resident of Maplewood South-Orange, provided the resource that is quoted below. Cpl Al Peterson has led a life of service in preventing the cruelty of animals, and recently was the recipient of the First Annual “Lt.Israel Murray Rothblatt – Officer of the Year Award.”
(link) Top 5 Cold Weather Tips from the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife. * 2. During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. If the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape. * 3. Never let
your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially 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 ID tags. * 4. Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice. * 5. Never, shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to dry him completely before taking him out for a walk. If you own a shorthaired breed, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
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