The Wisconsin Humane Society wants to remind all pet owners that if it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s too cold for your pets.

Keep your animals inside. Even Northern Breed dogs like Malamutes and Chow Chows need heated, comfortable shelter away from bitter cold temperatures and high winds to stay safe. Only take your dogs outside long enough to relieve him/herself and keep cats indoors at all times.

When your dog comes inside, wipe off his paws. Salt and antifreeze can kill dogs, so it is very important that these harmful substances are wiped off before your dog has a chance to lick them off.

Always keep your dog leashed on snow and ice. Despite their powerful noses dogs often lose their scent in the snow and ice, and can easily become lost.

Before you start your car, beep your horn several times. Cats often look for warm places to rest, and the hood of your car or even underneath the vehicle might be options for them. By honking your horn, cats will be alerted to run away.

The cold weather typically means the furnace is cranked up. It’s dangerous for animals to rest under or near a radiator or other heating system. Find a warm place for your furry friend to sleep – away from heaters, but not near a cold draft.

If you suspect frostbite or hypothermia, SLOWLY warm your pet up and contact your veterinarian immediately.



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