- By Tonya B. Ward
- Posted Wednesday, December 27, 2017
If you are cold, your outside pet is cold too!
Here are some tips on keeping your outside pet warm and healthy for the winter.
- 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 chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from
snow or encrusted ice.
- Consider getting your short-haired breed a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck that covers the
dog from base of the tail on the top to the belly underneath. This may seem like a luxury, however to some
breeds is a necessity.
- Adult dogs tolerate the cold much better than puppies. If necessary, paper train your puppy inside if he
appears to be sensitive to the weather.
- Increased food, particularly protein, will help keep your dogs fur thick and healthy. This is particularly
important if your dog spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities.
- Coolant, like antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be careful to thoroughly clean up any spills
from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. Leave the coat longer for more warmth. When you
bathe your dog, completely dry him before taking him out for a walk.
- Pets need a warm place to sleep away from all drafts and off the floor, such as in a dog or cat bed with a
warm blanket or pillow in it.
- In 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. Before starting the engine, bang loudly on the car hood to give the cat
the chance to escape.
- More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure that they always wear I.D.
tags. If you’re in Forsyth County, it’s the LAW! Don’t let your dogs off the leash on snow or ice. Dogs
can lose their scent and easily get lost.
Did you know????
When evening weather conditions in our area hover in the 20’s at night, your pet could suffer from hypothermia if
there is not adequate shelter from the elements. In some cases when there are wet conditions, it could be a matter of
hours before symptoms of hypothermia set in.
If you are a resident of Forsyth County, and have an outside pet that needs a dog house, we have a limited number
of to give away! Houses for Hounds program was developed for the purpose of providing free dog houses to lower
income Forsyth County residents.
UnChain Winston also provides free straw bedding which can be picked up at FCAC during normal business hours.
For more information or to request one of these free doghouses, you can visit the Animal Control website
(www.forsyth.cc/animalcontrol) and fill out the online application form or call 703-2480 for more information.
As of November 2017, tethering of dogs outdoors is a violation of Forsyth County code. For more information, visit
our website: http://www.forsyth.cc/AnimalControl/ordinance.aspx