Winter Pet Safety – Forest Park, Oak Park, Eastside Suburbs
I figured January would be a safe month to pull together a blog on keeping your Chicago pets safe in the upcoming cold winter weather. When I woke up this morning in Forest Park, I felt like my work was futile because I let Prissy and Portia out potty and it already felt like spring!
As much as we want it to, it can’t last forever so I am sticking to my plan and sharing with you some “Cold Weather Tips” from the ASPCA. The following guidelines will help you protect your furry friends when the mercury dips in Forest Park, Oak Park and the Eastside Suburbs
1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.
2. During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.
3. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags. [Read more…] about Chicago IL Cold Weather Pet Tips From the ASPCA