Pets at risk in extreme cold
WWLP/WIVT CHICOPEE, Mass. In really cold weather, keep a watch on your pets. If you're cold, your pet is probably too, so know their boundaries. The ASPCA says certain pets are more sensitive to the cold than others. Short-coated, skinny, elderly, or young dogs become cold faster. Before driving, always look around your vehicle. During the winter, cats commonly lie in car wheel wells to stay warm.
The Humane Society adds these tips for keeping pets warm in cold weather:
Keep pets inside: Your dog or cat may like exploring the yard in other seasons, but bring them inside when the weather cools. A dry, draft-free shelter is required if your pet must remain outside for an extended amount of time. Have a burlap or strong plastic door and a cedar shavings or straw floor.
Put them in layers: Just like people, pets require layers while going on walks or playing outside. Windchill can be fatal to pets. Watch out for exposed skin on your dog's nose, ears, and paw pads. Don't forget to wipe off their paws when you get back inside to avoid irritation from street salt.
Remove common poisons: Antifreeze is lethal and tastes delicious to animals. Wipe up spills promptly and store away. Salt poisoning can occur in dogs if rock salt adheres to their paws after a stroll. Call your vet if your dog licks rock salt.