EP Animal Services urges the public to keep pets safe during cold weather.

Luisa Barrios and the City of El Paso

5 minutes ago

Courtesy: El Paso Animal Services

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – In response to falling temperatures, El Paso Animal Services extends guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of pets during the cold season.

Follow these guidelines to protect your four-legged friends:

  • Provide a warm place to sleep and rest:
    Bring your pet indoors at night, such as in the garage or laundry room. When outside, provide them with adequate shelter, with four walls and a roof, ensure they have adequate shelter with four walls and a roof, away from any drafts. Make sure they have access to potable water, and if they are tethered, they still have it safe. Adhering to the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, their shelter and access to water.
  • Recognize that some pets may need extra protection:
    Some pets, such as the elderly, puppies, and those with short coats, need extra care in extreme temperatures. Limit their outdoor time by choosing short walks. Dress them in sweaters or pet socks/shoes and ensure they have dry blankets, rotated regularly to keep them dry when outside.
  • Clean up vehicle spills:
    When you check and fill your cars with antifreeze, carefully clean up any spills because the substance is deadly to pets and can result in severe kidney damage. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, seek emergency treatment immediately.
  • Tap the hood of your car:
    Community cats often seek warmth from the engine compartment, sleeping under the hood of many vehicles. Reduce the risk of accidents by tapping on the top of your hood or honking before starting your vehicle.
  • Keep wildlife away:
    Some wildlife, such as coyotes, are active during the winter and because food is scarce, coyotes and other wildlife often roam the neighborhood looking for food. Carry pet bowls with food as these can attract wildlife to the yard.

To learn more about El Paso Animal Services, visit ElPasoAnimalServices.org.

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