When temperatures drop, consider bringing your pets indoors . For the pets that must stay outside, take care to provide a clean, dry house with bedding. Elevate the house if possible, place a cover over the opening to keep out drafts. Check the water supply daily to make sure it isn't frozen or filled with leaves.
Along with the cold winter months come a number of pet hazards. As the weather changes, we winterize our cars, RVs and boats with antifreeze. Ingesting even a small amount of antifreeze can be deadly to animals. It can cause kidney failure and damage the central nervous system. Cats and other small animals often seek the warmth of a car engine to nap. You might want to give your horn a quick honk, or tap on the hood of the car prior to staring it giving them the opportunity to move.