Protecting Pets in Cold Weather

Frosty temperatures may be a rarity in sunny San Diego, but they do come on occasion. When the temperature drops, it’s important to know how to keep your pets safe.

  • San Diego Humane Society recommends that pets be kept inside during times of extreme temperatures.
  • Pets may need more food in the winter to generate energy and keep warm. Consult with your veterinarian to determine a healthy diet for your pet.
  • Parked cars attract feral cats and small animals that may crawl up under the hood looking for warmth. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.
  • Horses and other livestock need a windbreak, cover, warm bedding, abundant high-quality feed and fresh water.
  • Use caution with antifreeze – it’s poisonous to pets. Contact your vet immediately if you think your pet has consumed antifreeze.
  • Watch out for signs of frostbite and hypothermia: Ice on body and limbs, shivering, weakness, skin that is bright red followed by pale color to black color. Seek vet care immediately if these signs occur.