PETA is urging residents to take care of pets during the winter season.
Although they are equipped with fur coats, dogs and other animals can still suffer from frostbite and exposure. They can become dehydrated when water sources freeze. Cold weather spells extra hardship for dogs left outside without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care.
These include puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, beagles, pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or a coat on walks.
Cats sometimes climb under the hoods of cars to be near warm engines and are badly injured or killed when the car is started.
Wipe off your dogs' or cats' legs, feet, and stomachs after they come in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make your animals sick if they ingest them. You should also increase animals' food rations during the winter because they burn more calories in an effort to stay warm.