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keep pets safe in cold weather

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
December 21, 2017

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photo credit: Andrea Reiman

The temperatures are dropping, and snow is in the air! Keep your pets safe during the cold weather with a few tips:

  • Grab your pup a coat and some dog booties to protect their paws. Check your dog’s paws for snow clumps when they come in after being outside.
  • Ice melt is dangerous to our pets if ingested. Please wipe their paws when coming inside from a dog walk or a cat outing. There is animal-safe ice melt you can purchase at your local hardware stores.
  • If your dog stays outside in your backyard during the day, please be sure that they have access to shelter and un-frozen water.  During night freezing temperatures, please bring your dog inside. If you’re cold, your dog is cold. Dogs can suffer from hypothermia.
  • If you have a community cat colony at your residence, please make sure they have adequate shelter.

On behalf of all of us at Salt Lake County Animal Services, we wish you and yours a very merry holiday season! If you’re looking to collect holiday donations for the pets here at the shelter, we’re always in need of soft treats for the pups and canned cat paté for the kitties. If you would like more ideas please visit our website, AdoptUtahPets.com or visit us at 511 W 3900 S, Salt Lake City.