Ask SAM: Cold weather pet care tips | Ask SAM

The cold weather has arrived, which makes it a good time to remind our readers that outdoor pets need special care when the weather gets colder.

Forsyth County’s law requires pet owners to provide an animal shelter that will protect the animal from extreme weather conditions during summer and winter. Often the animal shelter available for a dog in the summer is insufficient in the winter months.

Here are some suggestions from Forsyth County Animal Services for outdoor dog and cat care:

In winter, cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars outdoors. When you start your car’s engine, the cat can be injured or killed by the engine belt. Before starting your car, knock the hood loudly to allow the cat to escape.

Adult dogs can handle the cold much better than puppies. If necessary, exercise your puppy on paper if they seem sensitive to the weather.

Consider getting your short-haired dog a coat or sweater with a tall collar or turtleneck that covers the dog from the base of the tail to the belly below. This may seem like a luxury, but for some breeds it is a necessity.

Give your pets more food, especially protein, in the winter to give them thicker and healthier fur.

Wipe your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes out of the sleet, snow, or ice.

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