Please follow these tips in order to keep your pet safe in cold temperatures:
- Keep your pets inside if at all possible.
- 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.
- Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and become lost.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure your pet has a warm place sleep, off the floor and away from drafts.
- If you are concerned about the conditions in which a pet is being kept, please call us at (479) 444-3456 and we can send an officer out to do a conditions check.