Humane Society of Missouri offers six tips ahead of wintery weekend, freezing temperatures

With another wintry blast of weather set to hit, the Humane Society of Missouri is sharing tips to make sure pet parents are prepared to keep their animals safe. It’s tempting to think your pet’s fur will keep them warm while they’re outside, but remember — if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet. The Humane Society of Missouri urges all pet owners to keep safety top of mind this winter with our lifesaving motto: “Under 35, bring pets inside.”

Throughout winter, remember these six tips to keep pets healthy, happy and protected from cold temperatures.

Bring pets inside: Just like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite and should not be left outside in the cold for prolonged periods of time Provide a cozy space: Any outdoor animal requires a well-insulated, draft-free, appropriately sized doghouse with a sturdy, flexible covering to protect against icy winds Press “paws” on pet injuries: Check your animal’s paws frequently for signs of cold-weather damage, such as a cracked paw pad or bleeding Layer up your pup: If your dog has a thinner coat or seems bothered by cooler temperatures, consider a sweater or a dog coat
Prevent poisoning: Make sure to clean up any antifreeze spills or buildup quickly as it is poisonous and can cause serious health issues Schedule a winter wellness exam: If your pet has not visited the veterinarian for his or her yearly wellness exam, now is the perfect opportunity

To report an animal in distress, call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at 314-647-4400. For more information on how to care for your pets during cold weather months, visit the Humane Society of Missouri website at www.hsmo.org .