What Animal Lovers Need to Know as Temperatures Plunge Later This Week
With the region set to plunge into below freezing temperatures this week, Houston Humane Society is offering tips to keep pets and strays safe. Cold weather can become dangerous for both furry friends without homes and our beloved pets when unprepared. Follow these tips to keep your pets warm and dry through the cold spell.
- Keep pets indoors — Refrain from leaving your pets outside or unattended during freezing weather. Additionally, do not leave your pet unattended in a vehicle during extreme temperatures.
- Keep them dry — When coming indoors, ensure all your pet’s paws and fur are nice and dry after a walk in the rain or snow.
- Designate a safe space inside — If conditions get harsh, be prepared with potty pads for pets who will have difficulty going outside during severe weather.
- Use a sweater — Pet sweaters can be as functional as they are cute. Short-haired dogs will appreciate the extra warmth of a sweater or jacket they are comfortable in.
- Provide proper shelter for outdoor pets – The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act is in effect and gives pet owners easy-to-understand guidelines for restraining dogs outside. A dog may not be restrained outdoors if the dog does not have adequate shelter and there is inclement weather including rain, sleet, snow and temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information on this new law, visit www.houstonhumane.org.
- Beware of car hazards — Before you take off, tap the hood of the vehicle to protect any stray kitties who may have taken refuge under the car. Always clean up anti-freeze leaks, as these are lethal to curious dogs and cats.
- Don’t forget the strays! — Leave extra blankets or towels you can spare outside to create a safe space for any stray furry friends to find shelter through extreme temperatures.