Winter weather is hard on all of us with snow, ice and dangerously low temperatures. The frosty weather can also be difficult for pets and the American Red Cross has steps people can follow to help ensure their pet’s safety.
If possible, bring your pets inside during cold winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water. If the animals are outside, make sure their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.
Pet owners can also take a Red Cross Pet First Aid class. Many Red Cross chapters offer classes with hands-on training in Pet First Aid procedures. These classes teach pet owners the skills necessary to tend to unexpected emergencies until they can get their pet to a veterinarian. Visit www.redcross.org to contact your local chapter.
Also available are the Red Cross Dog First Aid Manual and Cat First Aid Manual. These come with a 30-minute DVD that features step-by-step instructions on safety procedures, disaster preparedness and dealing with medical emergencies. The manuals will help you:
The following tips on winter pet safety are provided by The Humane Society of the United States:
For more information on winter safety for you and your pet, visit www.redcross.org.