Winter Pet Safety
With the cold wet weather here, special
attention needs to be taken for your animals.
If possible do not chain or confine your dog outdoors (it is illegal to
chain your dog). If they must be kept outside, dogs should have a draft-free
shelter large enough to stand and turn around in, yet small enough to retain
body heat. Dogs need a place to sleep
that is off the ground and with a dry blanket or pad. With winds whipping the
rain in all directions check your pet often, is their bedding staying dry?
Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs. If you are concerned about an animal that is
outdoors and does not have proper shelter or care, contact Livermore Animal
Control at 371-4987.
During the winter it is best to allow your cat
to be inside the house. Outdoor cats can
be exposed to infectious diseases or injured in other ways. They also prey on wildlife. Outdoor cats sometimes choose to sleep under
the hoods of cars where it is warmer.
Before starting your car you should bang on the hood and wait a few
seconds to give the cat a chance to escape.
Antifreeze in very small amounts is
toxic to pets. Unfortunately, because of its sweet taste, animals are attracted
to it. Thoroughly clean up any spills
from your vehicle. Be careful if your pets like to eat plants. Holly leaves and berries, mistletoe, walnut
husks and many other winter plants can be poisonous. If your pet eats something and you are not
sure if it is poisonous contact your local poison control center. (1-800-876-4766)
The ASPCA Animal
Poison Control Center is a unique, emergency hotline providing 24-hour-a-day,
7-day-a-week telephone assistance to veterinarians and animal owners. The
Center's hotline veterinarians can quickly answer questions about toxic
substances found in our everyday surroundings that can be dangerous to animals.
There is a $45 consultation fee paid
by the animal owner, veterinarian or product manufacturer. ($45 fee may be
applied to credit card)
Winter storms can be scary for dogs and cats.
Loud thunder and lighting causes many animals to escape their yards or even
homes. A radio playing softly inside your home or garage can drown out some
outside noises. Make sure proper identification is securely affixed to your pet
at all times so you can be contacted. Animal Control scans animals for
microchips so microchipping is a great way to make sure your pet makes it home!
Our goal is to not have any unwanted animals. We need you to help us. You can do this by spaying and neutering your pets, providing your pet with a proper collar and identification and by providing a home for your pet where it will not roam the streets. With your help this goal can be achieved.
Click here for low the low cost spay and neuter clinic and the free "Pit Fix".