SAN ANTONIO — Colder months can be hard on pets left outside.
After unseasonably warm temperatures in the 80s, San Antonians could experience the coldest night this season due to a weekend cold front. This will bring some chilly nights and mornings so its important for pet-lovers to remember how to keep pets warm.
The best way to protect your pets from the cold is to bring them inside, especially if they are cats, according to the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services.
ACS says shorthaired dogs, very young dogs, old dogs and all cats are vulnerable to colder temperatures and should not be left outside.
Here's some tips to make sure outdoor pets stay warm from ACS:
- Shorthair dogs will benefit from a jacket or sweater.
- Provide extra food, because outdoor animals will use more energy trying to stay warm. However, keep pets exercising if they are prone to weight gain.
- Check and clean water bowls daily.
- Antifreeze is deadly to pets so be mindful when working on your vehicle.
- Bang on the hood of your vehicle before warming it up. This will scare away any cold cats trying to stay warm near or inside your vehicle.
San Antonio residents can report any possible animal ordinance violations by calling the city's 3-1-1 customer service line that's open 24/7.