Cold Weather Tips for Your Animal Companions
Brrr-it's cold outside! The following guidelines will help you protect
your companion animals when the mercury dips.
- Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or
be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed
to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and
- During 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. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on
the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to
- Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during
a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More
dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make
sure yours always wears ID tags.
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 potentially dangerous
chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from
snow or encrusted ice.
- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat
will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months,
be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own
a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a
high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to
the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
- Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A
car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and
causing the animal to freeze to death.
- Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be
difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to
be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside.
If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type,
take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
- Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities?
Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and
his fur, in tip-top shape.
- Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be
sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider
using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
- Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the
floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket
or pillow is perfect.
Get Your Doggone Good Cookbook
Noah's Ark Animal Foundation's Doggone Good Cookbook is here! These
cookbooks make excellent gifts for all your animal-loving friends and family!
Cookbooks can be purchased at the shelter Tuesday through Friday from 1:00–5:00,
and Saturday from 10:00-4:00. You can also order cookbooks
from us and have them delivered directly to your door. Cookbooks are $15.00
each, plus shipping and handling. Your purchase of our Doggone
Good Cookbook makes it possible for us to continue our work.
In addition to over 200 of the best recipes submitted by friends of Noah's
Ark, the cookbook is a "whose who" of Noah's Ark residents and alumni,
with over 150 pictures of our (and your!) beloved animal companions. We've
also got Happy Ending stories, a place to keep track of your favorite
recipes, and a chapter devoted to dog and cat treats. Take
a peek inside and then order your cookbook! Bone
7 New Happy Ending Stories
Added in November!