Winter Pet Tips

New Bedford Animal Control would like to remind everyone that winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness for your pets. Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months by following these simple steps:

  • Do not leave dogs outdoors when the temperature drops. Most dogs and cats are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young, or old dogs and cats should never be left outside without supervision.
  • No matter what the temperature, wind-chill can threaten a pet’s life. A dog or cat is healthiest when kept indoors. If your dog is an outdoor dog, however, he/she must be protected by a dry, draft free dog house that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his/her body heat.
  • The doghouse should be raised a few inches off the ground; inside the doghouse should be covered with straw to protect your dog from moisture. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
  • Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.
  • The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe the feet with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.
  • Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, which may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

Should you have any questions please call:
Director of Animal Control Emanuel Maciel 508-991-6366

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