Please follow these tips in order to keep your pet safe in cold temperatures:
Keep your pets inside if at all possible. All dogs and cats must remain inside of the house, fence, or on a leash.
During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed. Also remember that all cats inside the city limits must remain inside the house, in a fence, or on a leash - No free roaming.
Never let your dog off leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and become lost. Also remember that all dogs inside the city limits must remain inside the house, in a fence, or on a leash.
Wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he/she comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He/she can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his/her paws, and his/her paws may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep, off the floor, and away from drafts.
If you are concerned about the conditions in which a pet is being kept, please call the Cabot Animal Control.