PETA offers tips for pet care in heavy snow | Pets
There are several things to consider when Mother Nature dumps a half-foot of snow on the area.
PETA sent out several tips Monday for pet owners and animal-conscious citizens, because “dogs and other animals can suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze.”
Here are some of PETA's tips:
Keep animals indoors. This is absolutely critical when it comes to puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or a coat on walks.
Don't allow your cat or dog to roam outdoors.
Wipe off your dogs' or cats' legs, feet, and stomachs after they come in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make your animals sick if they ingest them.
Increase your animals' food rations during the winter because they burn more calories in an effort to stay warm.
Keep an eye out for stray animals. Take unidentified animals indoors until you can find their guardians or take them to an animal shelter. If strays are skittish or otherwise unapproachable, provide food and water and call your local animal control service for assistance in trapping them and getting them indoors.
If you are in the city, Spokanimal C.A.R.E. can be reached at (509) 232-2230. Or if you are in Spokane County, call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532.