The Washington Animal Rescue League
Help Us Keep Them Warm

WARL dogs benefit from a lot of outside time.  Understandably though, our pups can be a little fickle about leaving their nice warm beds and heated den floors to head out into the cold.

Our veterinarians have put together a short list of tips to keep in mind over these next few, particularly cold days.  We also hope that as you snuggle up with your furry friend you will consider making a donation to WARL to help us keep our dogs and cats warm this winter.

Cold Weather Tips for Your Dogs & Cats

 

Dogs

Don't leave dogs in your car for an extended amount of time.  We all know that your car can basically become an oven in the summer.  However, in cold weather a car acts like a refrigerator and becomes even colder than being outside.
 

Beware of salt.  Wipe off dogs feet and bellies after each walk outside.  Salt and chemicals can build up on paws and make dogs very sick.

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Help WARL supply our dogs with coats, booties & everything they need to stay warm during this cold spell.

Beware of antifreeze.  Antifreeze leaks from cars and pools on the ground.  Dogs find it delicious but it's very dangerous.  If your dog ingests antifreeze seek medical attention immediately.

dog in coatPlay dress up.  Short-haired dogs need outer wear - jackets, booties, and sweaters will help keep your dog comfortable.

Keep your dog on leash.  A run in the snow can be tempting but snow decreases a dog's sense of smell.  Winter is the #1 time of year for lost dogs.

Add extra calories to each day.  Dogs that are active outside during cold weather require an increase in calories as their bodies are using extra energy to create additional body heat.

Cats

Don't leave cats outside.  Cats will seek out warmth under hoods of cars which can be very dangerous.

Beware of antifreeze.  Antifreeze leaks from cars and pools on the ground.  Cats find it delicious but it's very dangerous.  If your cat ingests antifreeze seek medical attention immediately.

Stay warm, dry, and safe over these next few days.

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