The ASPCA is offering tips for pet owners on how to keep their furry friends safe during the winter.
“Alberta’s winter-friendly temperatures can be dangerous for your pet,” the ASPCA website said. “If you own or care for companion animals, you need to take extra precautions to protect them from extreme cold.”
Pet owners are urged to take extra precautions and keep their pets inside when temperatures drop.
“Animals that are not generally in good health, as well as very young and old animals, should not be kept in winter for long periods of time,” the website said.
Here are some ways to help keep pets safe and comfortable during the winter:
Provide extra food.
Animals that spend time outdoors in the winter need extra food to provide the energy they need to stay warm.
Make sure the water doesn’t freeze by changing it frequently or use a warm bowl.
Avoid metal bowls that can cause tongues to stick and freeze.
A doghouse should be large enough for the animal to stand up and move around, maintaining body heat.
The shelter should be vented and lined with straw instead of blankets that absorb moisture.
Watch your pets while outside
Keep a close eye on your pets when they are outside and check to make sure they are not showing signs of discomfort or distress.
Be careful before starting your vehicle.
Before starting your car, knock on the hood to scare away cats or small wildlife that have crawled inside the car’s engine compartment for warmth.
For more cold weather safety tips visit ASPCA website here.