Snow & Ice - Pet Safety Tips

Snow & ice storms can be traumatic and dangerous for you and your pet. The Animal Resource Center of Montgomery County offers life-saving tips to protect your pet during winter storms.

- Keep your pets inside if possible. Outdoors, dogs and cats can freeze, become lost, injured or killed. Outdoor pets must have access to warm, dry shelter that provides protection from snow, ice, rain and wind. Also, pets must have access to unfrozen water.

- Outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, cats can be injured or killed. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

- Never let your dog off the leash in snow or ice. They can lose their scent and easily run off and become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season. Make sure your dog always wears a license and ID tags.

- Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and paws when coming in from a walk. Dogs can ingest salt, antifreeze and other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking paws and fur.

- Never leave your pet unattended in a car during cold weather.

- Report animals in danger to the Animal Resource Center at 937-898-5466 or the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937-268-7387.

For more information, visit the Animal Resource Center website at or email
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