Keep pets safe from c-c-c-cold

Humans aren’t the only species despising bitter cold weather and subzero temperatures
Andy Ouriel
Jan 8, 2015


Animals also detest frigid atmospheres recently sweeping through north-central Ohio.

“When animals are left out in this kind of weather, they’re in danger,” Erie County Dog Warden Barb Knapp said. “Animals don’t deserve to be out in this type of weather. They need shelter.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provided 10 tips on how to keep your pets safe during this brutally cold winter:

1. Keep cats inside: Felines staying outdoors during subzero temperatures can freeze. They can also become lost, stolen, injured or even killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

2. In the hood: Outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor starts, 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. Leash the beast: 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. Also make sure your dog wears identification tags.

4. Wipe it down: Thoroughly wipe off your pet’s legs and stomach when it comes in and out of the sleet, snow or ice. Animals, especially dogs, can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals when licking their paws or coming into contact with poisons in some other way.

5. Keep the fur: Never shave dogs down to the skin during winter. A longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe dogs in colder months, be sure to completely dry fur before they go outside. If you own a short-haired breed, consider buying a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck. The coat or sweater should span from a dog’s tail to belly.

6. Don’t lock it up: 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 cold air and causing animals to freeze to death.

7. Brief bathroom break: Puppies don’t 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 train it inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take it outdoors so it can “mark its territory” or “do its business.”

8. Fuel up on food: If your dog spends a lot of time outside, increase the supply of food — particularly protein — to keep it and its fur in tip-top shape.

9. Antifreeze can be anti-safe: Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. Also consider using products containing propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

10. Tucked away: Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, preferably off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy bed made specifically for dogs or cats, complete with a warm blanket or pillow, is perfect.

(Note: This story was originally written one year ago, but the tips are still important)



I put food out for the cats that were dumped off out here. people you cant dump animals off near farms and think they will acclimate. the only thing you are doing is leaving your once beloved pet at the mercy of other animals and the weather. they are scared and hungry. I cant tell you the amount of strays that have sat on my porch and cried to come in. when I say we have had to find homes for at least 50 cats over time I am probably underestimating it. please if you can no longer care for your pet please rehome it.


Extreme Cold Weather and Potty Issues

Please be tolerant of dog potty accidents right now. You can always rent a rug shampooer from Walmart after this cold snap ends. Dogs are sensitive to potty issues to begin with and some may be experiencing anxiety about not being able to “go” outside. Yelling, scolding, hitting, or punishing them for not being able to stand the cold will only make matters much, much worse.

Here is a list of the ways dog owners are handling dogs that are unable/unwilling to go potty outside. Please consider sharing with others so ppl don’t think theirs is the only dog who is having problems w/the cold.

Puppy pads in the house (tile, linoleum, garage, etc.) or crate
Bleach-able items on tile/garage floor (a towel, t-shirt, blanket, rug)
Newspaper on clean-able flooring
Keep bleach wipes, paper towels and cleaner, wet Swiffer, etc. handy to clean floor
Doggy diapers, just make sure to change often and keep the dog clean to avoid bladder/kidney infection

“I got infant socks and doubled them up and put a rubber band lightly around each.”
“I put baby booties on mine with rubber bands, really cheap at Target.”
Dog boots
Dog coats and/or sweaters
Shielded and shoveled area w/sawdust or straw
Go outside with dogs (offer encouragement, treats, make them feel safe, etc.)
Carry out, put down for potty, carry back inside
Vaseline as paw protector for short outdoor trips, then wipe off once inside
Warm towel or blanket once inside


great post thanks for the ideas!!


My ex-girlfriend tried all those things with me, but I still kept "pottying" on her floor- to which she went into the yelling, scolding, hitting, and punishing phase of our short lived relationship. By the way- any single chicks out there?