People are being cautioned to not spend too much time outside in this deep freeze, but the same goes for pets.
The Wisconsin Humane Society gave some safety tips on how to keep your pets safe and warm:
- Keep your animals inside. Even Northern breed dogs need a heated, comfortable place away from the cold. Keep cats inside at all times.
- If you see spilled antifreeze, clean it up. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that attracts animals. There are more animal-friendly products that can be used.
- Always keep your dog on a leash while they are on the snow and ice. Scent can be lost in the snow and ice and they can easily get lost.
- Never leave your pet in the car alone.
- When your dog comes in from being let outside, wipe off their paws, legs and stomach. Salt and antifreeze can stick to your dog and they may lick it off, which can be harmful.
- Before you start your car, beep your horn several times. Cats often find warm places like the hood or underneath the vehicle to keep warm.
- Animals will be gravitating to the furnace, but it’s dangerous for animals to rest under or near a radiator or heating system. Consider placing covers especially made for the system so animals can have a safe place to lay.