How to Protect Your Pets in the Colorado Cold
Cold weather in Colorado never seems to stick around for long. One day, snow will cover the ground, and the next, it will have melted away.
But this week, the Centennial State is forecasted to enter a deep freeze, with wind chills bringing temperatures to -50°. We know how to stay warm — but how do we keep our pets safe?
Monitor your pets outside
Even in freezing temperatures, your dog will need to relieve itself outdoors. To avoid hypothermia and frostbite, it's key to keep an eye on them during potty time.
Larimer Humane Society reports that shivering, slow movement, and continuous paw lifting are all signs that your dog is getting too cold and must go inside immediately. Working cats will need access to unfrozen water and warm shelter.
Pile on the layers
Winter coats aren't just for humans. Short-haired animals can benefit from sweaters or pet coats during cold temperatures. Booties are also beneficial.
Larimer Humane Society recommends keeping long-haired pets unshaven. Make sure to remove snow and ice from their fur after they've gone outside.
Think twice before starting your car
Outdoor kitties will look for warmth — and they might find it by your car's engine. After driving, check to see that a cat hasn't made your car a new home.
Dogs can't stay in the car, either. They'll be happier at home than taking a ride in the cold weather.
Avoid the ornaments
Your cat may want nothing more than to play with your shiny Christmas ornaments, but they can be a choking hazard.
Instead, keep them occupied with a pet-friendly toy and see that dangerous decorations are out of reach.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Colorado's dry, cold weather leaves us — and our pets — in need of moisturizer.
Pet shampoo can help our furry friends, while water misting can protect reptiles and birds.
If you do see any pets stuck outside, Larimer Humane Society asks that you report them to Animal Control by calling (970) 226-3647 ext. 7.
Once the weather warms up, you'll be able to take your furry friend outside again. Check out Fort Collins' dog-friendly restaurants in the gallery below.