The U.S. is experiencing extremely low temperatures across the Midwest as a polar vortex sweeps through the area. If you live in an area affected by the low temperatures, be sure to keep your pets just as warm as the rest of your family.
It should go without saying that all pets should be indoors. Temperatures this low can be deadly to pets, and animal neglect is punishable by law in all 50 states. The rule is: if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them!
1Keeping Your Pet Safe In Extreme Weather:
Pets should never be kept outdoors in temperatures lower than 20°F. If you are letting your dog out to use the bathroom keep his visit short and bring him right back inside.
If the weather is fair enough for walks be sure your dog wears boots, or wipe his paws afterward to make sure they’re free of salt. Salt from sidewalks can make his paws sensitive, and licking it off can upset his digestive tract.
If you need to travel it’s best to keep your pets at home unless it’s totally necessary to bring them. If you leave your car you should bring your pet with you if you can. The inside of a car can become very cold very fast, and your dog should never be left inside.
Not all dogs will respond to the cold the same – dogs who are young or old, smaller dogs, and those with short coats are likely to suffer the effects of extreme cold faster than other dogs.
Stray cats will be looking for someplace warm to sleep. Some cats will find a spot near a warm engine block to curl up. You can avoid causing them harm by banging on your hood to honking your car horn – you may startle them, but they won’t be hurt.