When the weather is undergoing extreme temperatures there are safety precautions that you can take to protect your pets.
Take Extra Precautions for Pets in Cold Weather
While some pets can't get enough of the snow, others would rather avoid it. Either way, be aware of your pet's tolerance for cold weather and adjust accordingly. During extreme cold snaps, consider keeping pets indoors or shortening walks while watching for signs such as:
Lifting their feet high off of the ground
Licking feet (ice building up on the pads of their feet)
Slowing down or stopping often
Tucking feet under their body
Curling up in a tight ball with their tail over them
Pets who spend a lot of time outside need access to a well-insulated and heated wooden structure that is protected from wind, rain and snow and is equipped with straw. Blankets are not recommended as they are prone to freezing.
It's important to ensure your pet's water and food are not frozen. Avoid using plastic doghouses and metal dishes.
Before driving, do a walk around your car to check for animals. Outdoor cats find antifreeze appealing because it's sweet. Cats also like to curl up around a car engine for warmth. By giving a knock on the hood or honking your horn you will hopefully scare them off.
Concerned about an Animal's Welfare?
Make a complaint if you see an animal in distress or one that has been neglected, abandoned or abused.
Within city limits, the City of Edmonton's Animal Control Peace Officers and the Edmonton Police Service both deal with animal welfare concerns.