Maryland Blogger: Cold Weather Pet Care

Cold Weather Pet Care

Cold Weather Pet Care

 

A Hypothermia Alert is issued for Montgomery County, Maryland when the actual or forecasted temperature, including wind chill, falls below 20 degrees creating a hazardous situation in which hypothermia and frostbite are likely.

Montgomery County authorities will be on the lookout for pets tied up and left unattended outside. Dog owners face a $500 fine for violating the anti-animal cruelty ordinance.

Tips from veterinarians for cold weather care of a dog include:

  • Provide a heated bed and shelter for dogs which cannot come indoors
  • Avoid letting your dog eat snow – keep fresh room temperature water available at all times
  • Keep food and water in a place where it will not freeze – preferably inside
  • A dog's ears and tail are susceptible to frostbite; check them after a dog has been outside for a long period of time
  • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol
  • A dog licking the salt off the bottom of his paws can make him sick, so wipe his paws after he walks through a salted area
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather because a car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

If you see an animal left outside that appears to be in danger, call the Animal Services Division immediately at 301-279-8000.

 

Dahlia, AC Abbie, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 2997 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dahlia, AC Abbie, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens,

Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 2997
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley 
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 17 commentsRoy Kelley • December 13 2017 01:56PM

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Good morning Roy. Never hurts to remind those with pets about the dangers of cold weather. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 8 months ago

If you have a pet and love it, please take care of it like you should!!!

Authorities will be on the lookout for pets tied up and left unattended outside. Dog owners face a hefty fine for violating the anti-animal cruelty ordinance.

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 8 months ago

Good advice... for some reason now the ears and toes feel cold. Be kind to your pets is a good reminder with the red dipping low in the tube around the winter holidays.  

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy.  This is an excellent reminder for those with pets as the cold weather approaches.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

These are good tips and I am glad that people will be fined for being cruel to their pets.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 8 months ago

Thanks so much for your feedback. Your comments are always welcome.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Good morning, Roy... anything to protect pets is music to my ears. Great post. People forget how bad extreme cold is to animals.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 8 months ago

Roy, having temperatures below freezing is always scary for those keeping pets outdoors.  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 8 months ago

Hi there Roy. Thanks so much for getting the word out regarding pets and cold weather. They have no voice, so we have to do it for them. 

Enjoy the day. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy. This is good information but sadly necessary to share.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 8 months ago

Roy Kelley Thank you for the timely reminder.  I hope everyone takes good care of their pets during the cold weather. PS the Dahlia photograph is a welcome and sunny addition to your post.

Posted by Karen Rice, Keller Williams Alliance Charlottesville VA (Keller Williams Alliance) 8 months ago

We just held an event @my house last Monday night to collect blankets for the Humane Society Ron. The event was a rousing success as over twenty people attended & brought lots of needed supplies for our "fur babies" 

 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 months ago

Roy Kelley This is very good humanitarian report on cold weather pet care.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 8 months ago

Good helpful tips to share with pet owners regarding animal care during the winter season.  Glad that you  also included a reminder no to leave pets in the car .  

Posted by Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker - (Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210) 8 months ago

Everytime I hear that word "ethylene glycol," I shiver.  It sounds too close to "polyethylene glycol," the stuff they give you to prep for a colonscopy.  That stuff is elder abuse. 

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

Good morning, Roy!

Great sound advice.  I do want to add that if your dog or cat is an outdoor animal  such as on farms), provide some sort of shelter for them.  A simple dog house bedded with straw helps tremendously.  Make sure the shelter is the right size for the pet.  Also, heated water bowls can be purchased at any pet supply store.  

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 7 months ago

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

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