Animal Care Services
4710 State Highway 151
San Antonio, TX 78227
210.207.4PETS Fax 210.207.6647
For Immediate Release Contact:
January 15, 2013 Lisa Norwood
Public Information Officer
Protect your pet from the chilly touch of winter
Animal Care Services offers tips for keeping pets safe during the colder months
With near freezing temperatures this week, please take steps to protect your four
legged family members from the cold, wet weather San Antonio winters often bring.
With a few simple precautions you can ensure your pets stay happy and healthy
throughout the colder months of the year.
The best way to protect your pets during the winter? Bring them inside! Pets
(especially cats) are safer indoors. Can’t have your pet inside the house?
Purchase an insulated dog house or build a protective enclosure that shields
your pet from the elements and gives them a safe, warm place to rest.
Certain pets are more vulnerable to cold temperatures than others. Shorthaired
dogs, very young or old dogs and all cats should not be left outside during winter
months. Shorthaired dogs may benefit from a sweater while outside.
Pets who spend much of their day outdoors will need some extra food throughout
the winter months. That’s because they use up more energy trying to stay warm.
A few extra kibbles probably won’t hurt but make sure your pet is getting daily
exercise if they’re prone to weight gain.
Always provide fresh, clean water regardless of the season. Check water daily
and clean bowls regularly to prevent algae growth.
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Be mindful of your pets while winterizing your car. Antifreeze is deadly to pets
who are attracted to its sweet taste. Store all chemicals out of reach especially if
you’re going to bring your pets into the garage on cold nights.
Before heading out to warm up the car, bang on the hood a time or two. A warm
engine can be a welcome spot for a cold cat and the noise should scare them
away before you start the engine.
The City of San Antonio has laws that protect pets from neglect including exposure to
harsh weather conditions. Residents can report possible animal ordinance violations by
calling the City’s 3-1-1 Customer Service line.
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