Where I live, today we hit a high of -3.
That is pretty darn cold.
I was amazed to see one newscast run a story, where they interviewed a vet who said it was okay to leave a large dog outside as long as you give it water.
Duh. It’s negative 3. Ya think that water is gonna stay as water? How would you like to be outside in -3 temps?
The ASPCA offers these cold weather tips:
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. When 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 completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired 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.
6. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
7. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
8. Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.
9. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.
10. 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.
‘Unchain a Dog’ Month Leafleting Mission—Help a Dog in Your Area!
It shouldn’t happen to “man’s best friend,” but it does. Take a drive down many country roads and city streets, and you’ll see them—dogs left to spend their entire lives in “solitary confinement,” trapped at the end of a chain or in a small pen.
We can’t think of a crueler punishment for these social pack animals, who want—and deserve—companionship, scratches behind the ears, walks around the block, and the opportunity to curl up at your feet at night.
Many communities across America and beyond have learned the hard way that chaining dogs is dangerous to the public, especially to children. Chaining dogs—also called “tethering”—is a safety hazard for both dogs and communities.
January is “Unchain a Dog” month, and we hope that you’ll use this opportunity to share tips with people in your community to help improve the lives of dogs. Fill out this form to receive PETA’s “Unchain a Dog” leafleting pack, which includes leaflets, stickers, and a small poster.
If you’d like additional materials, please order them directly from PETA’s Literature Web site. If you cannot afford to pay for materials, please e-mail us directly, and we can provide outreach materials to you at no cost.
The following are more ways that you can help chained dogs:
Best of luck with your efforts, and thank you for everything that you do for animals!
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