TORONTO – Don’t let the fur fool you.
Their coats may help insulate them from the cold, but dogs and cats still need extra protection during the winter.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association says assessing how long to let pets stay outdoors should take into account such factors as breed, coat type, general health and age.
Paul Harrison of the Ontario S-P-C-A says it’s important to keep close watch over dogs and cats during the winter.
Harrison says if a dog is kept outside in the backyard, they should have a proper outdoor home.
Their shelter should be well-insulated and raised above the ground with a proper roof to repel the rain.
Urban Dog Walks owner Koryn Greenspan says dog owners should use booties or balms to protect their pets’ paws.
And she says keeping pets locked up in cars in chillier weather is a definite don’t.