6 Ways to Protect Your Pet from Cold Weather
Just as winter begins, East Tennessee is bracing for a cold front that will bring frigid temperatures to our area. Young-Williams Animal Center wants to remind pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure our four-legged family members remain safe and warm.
MAKE SURE YOUR PETS ARE HEALTHY AND COMFORTABLE WITH THESE TIPS
- If it feels too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet. Keep them inside, or ensure they have a dry, draft-free shelter if they must be outside.
- Wipe their paws. Pets can pick up toxic chemicals like salt, antifreeze, or de-icers. Paw protectors and boots are excellent options to keep their paws safe.
- Feed your pets a little more than usual. This will help your pet to stay warm, especially if they are spending time outdoors.
- Check water bowls often. Even when it is cold, your pet needs plenty to drink to stay hydrated. You also want to ensure their water has not frozen.
- Check your car for cats. They like to hide under the hood for warmth. Make noise and give the cat time to escape before starting your car.
- Keep antifreeze away. Many types of antifreeze taste sweet and can attract animals. Keep antifreeze out of reach from animals and clean up any spills.
MORE WAYS TO CARE FOR PETS IN COLDER WEATHER
If you find a stray animal in Knoxville or Knox County, call our intake department directly at 865-215-6665. In the event of an emergency, you can also contact Knoxville or Knox County Animal Control.
If you, or someone you know, could use our shelter’s help, contact our Pet Resource Center. Our programs include free food and supplies, financial assistance for
medical care, and additional services for pets and pet owners in need.
If you would like to support animal welfare for all, please donate to extend the reach of our programs or share our resources with others who might need information.