Cold Weather Pet Care

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Cold Weather Pet Care


A Hypothermia Alert is issued for Montgomery County, Maryland when the actual or forecasted temperature, including wind chill, falls below 20 degrees creating a hazardous situation in which hypothermia and frostbite are likely.

Montgomery County authorities will be on the lookout for pets tied up and left unattended outside. Dog owners face a $500 fine for violating the anti-animal cruelty ordinance.

Tips from veterinarians for cold weather care of a dog include:

  • Provide a heated bed and shelter for dogs which cannot come indoors
  • Avoid letting your dog eat snow – keep fresh room temperature water available at all times
  • Keep food and water in a place where it will not freeze – preferably inside
  • A dog's ears and tail are susceptible to frostbite; check them after a dog has been outside for a long period of time
  • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol
  • A dog licking the salt off the bottom of his paws can make him sick, so wipe his paws after he walks through a salted area
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather because a car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

If you see an animal left outside that appears to be in danger, call the Animal Services Division immediately at 301-279-8000.


Dahlia, AC Abbie, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 2997 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dahlia, AC Abbie, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens,

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Roy. Never hurts to remind those with pets about the dangers of cold weather. Enjoy your day!

Dec 14, 2017 04:05 AM #1
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

If you have a pet and love it, please take care of it like you should!!!

Authorities will be on the lookout for pets tied up and left unattended outside. Dog owners face a hefty fine for violating the anti-animal cruelty ordinance.

Dec 14, 2017 04:10 AM #2
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good advice... for some reason now the ears and toes feel cold. Be kind to your pets is a good reminder with the red dipping low in the tube around the winter holidays.  

Dec 14, 2017 04:12 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Roy.  This is an excellent reminder for those with pets as the cold weather approaches.

Dec 14, 2017 04:18 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are good tips and I am glad that people will be fined for being cruel to their pets.

Dec 14, 2017 05:01 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks so much for your feedback. Your comments are always welcome.

Dec 14, 2017 05:08 AM #6
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Roy... anything to protect pets is music to my ears. Great post. People forget how bad extreme cold is to animals.

Dec 14, 2017 05:21 AM #8
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, having temperatures below freezing is always scary for those keeping pets outdoors.  

Dec 14, 2017 07:35 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there Roy. Thanks so much for getting the word out regarding pets and cold weather. They have no voice, so we have to do it for them. 

Enjoy the day. D 

Dec 14, 2017 08:18 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Roy. This is good information but sadly necessary to share.

Dec 14, 2017 08:21 AM #12
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Alliance - Charlottesville, VA
Keller Williams Alliance Charlottesville VA

Roy Kelley Thank you for the timely reminder.  I hope everyone takes good care of their pets during the cold weather. PS the Dahlia photograph is a welcome and sunny addition to your post.

Dec 14, 2017 09:49 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

We just held an event @my house last Monday night to collect blankets for the Humane Society Ron. The event was a rousing success as over twenty people attended & brought lots of needed supplies for our "fur babies" 


Dec 14, 2017 11:53 AM #14
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Roy Kelley This is very good humanitarian report on cold weather pet care.

Dec 14, 2017 02:06 PM #15
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

Good helpful tips to share with pet owners regarding animal care during the winter season.  Glad that you  also included a reminder no to leave pets in the car .  

Dec 14, 2017 03:20 PM #16
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Everytime I hear that word "ethylene glycol," I shiver.  It sounds too close to "polyethylene glycol," the stuff they give you to prep for a colonscopy.  That stuff is elder abuse. 

Dec 14, 2017 04:42 PM #17
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Good morning, Roy!

Great sound advice.  I do want to add that if your dog or cat is an outdoor animal  such as on farms), provide some sort of shelter for them.  A simple dog house bedded with straw helps tremendously.  Make sure the shelter is the right size for the pet.  Also, heated water bowls can be purchased at any pet supply store.  


Jan 13, 2018 06:42 AM #24
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Jan 13, 2018 08:55 AM #25
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