Winter Safety Tips for Pets

Here are some pet safety tips for when temperatures dip this winter!

Keep your pets inside whenever possible. If it is cold outside to you, it is cold outside to them.

- If your dog is an outside dog, we recommend a warm, waterproof shelter that is raised up a few inches off the ground to keep him warm.

- When you take your dog outside for a walk or let him out in the backyard for a short time, be sure to wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach to get all the ice, snow, and even salt off him. In fact, that salt can hurt a puppy’s paws, so try to wipe it off as soon as possible.

- Always keep your dog on a leash and have current identifying tags on your dog while on walks because the snow masks scents, so he might have a harder time finding his way back to you if he gets lost.

- Never shave your dog down to the skin in colder months, and consider getting a warm doggie sweater for him, especially if you have a short-haired dogs.

- When starting your car up in the morning, first bang on the hood to make sure no kitties or other wildlife have climbed into your engine during the night.

- Antifreeze is poisonous to cats, dogs, and wildlife, so make sure you clean up any spills

Who You Gonna Call?

If you have concerns about the conditions a pet is being kept in, please call Animal Law Enforcement at 719-302-8798. We would be happy to investigate the situation.

We receive a high number of calls when winter weather strikes, so thank you in advance for your patience. Here are a few things to be thinking about that will greatly help us prioritize and handle each call correctly:

- What is the address of the pet?

- How long has the pet been outside?

- How is the pet behaving?

- Do you see any shelter for the pet?