DOAG: COLD WEATHER ADVISORY



January 30, 2019

During the expected severe cold weather the department is reminding animal owners, animals suffer from frostbite and hypothermia just like humans.

Pets:
  • During severe weather, dogs should be let out only to relieve themselves. Cats should be kept indoors at all times.
  • Remove ice, salt and caked mud from your pet's paws and coat immediately.
  • A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor cats. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.
  • Prepare a disaster/emergency kit, and include your pet in your plans. Have enough food, water and medicine, including any prescription pet medications.

Livestock:

  • Livestock can generally tolerate cold temperatures, but wind, rain, or snow will require a greater expenditure of calories. With that in mind, be sure they have a way to get out of the elements, especially the wind.
  • Besides taking shelter, livestock keep warm by expending energy, which means they need to consume enough calories to heat themselves. This may mean increasing the amount of feed available to your animals, and/or increasing the quality of feed. Very young, very old, or sick animals will typically have additional nutritional needs during the winter compared to healthy, middle-aged animals.
  • Ensure livestock has access to fresh and unfrozen water.