Keep your Pet out of the COLD!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

Keep your pet out of the cold
With frigid temperatures during the winter, it is
important to remember to keep your pets indoors.
This applies to both dogs and cats. Granted, some
of the thicker longer-coated breeds thrive in colder
temperatures and love to stay outside in the snow, but
they should always be given the option to come inside.
According to city ordinance, all pets must have adequate
protection from the weather and have access to food and
water. A metal water dish in cold weather should never be
used, as a dog’s tongue can get stuck to it. Water should
be checked frequently to ensure that it is not frozen.
When the weather drops below freezing, a poorly
insulated shelter may not provide the warmth needed
to keep a pet safe. Being exposed to harsh weather
conditions for an extended period of time can cause
hypothermia, frostbite or even death. 

Keeping your dog comfortable and warm while out on
a walk can be challenging for some dog owners. Dogs
with shorter fur coats, smaller dogs and senior pets can
easily feel the effects of the cold. Providing your dog
with a coat, sweater or booties can be hugely beneficial
in keeping them warm. Booties can also protect their
paws from harsh chemicals used for deicing.
If possible, dogs should be walked midday when it is
typically the warmest hours of the day. Walks should be
frequent but shorter to limit their exposure to the cold.
It is also important to keep your dog leashed while on
a walk. Not only is it a city ordinance, but keeping your
dog leashed can keep them from getting lost during a
winter snowstorm. Dogs rely on their sense of smell to
guide them home, and this can be a difficult task if snow
is covering their surroundings.
It’s also good practice to always give a little pound on
the hood of your vehicle before starting it in case a
cat has climbed under the hood to seek warmth and
shelter. This can be extremely dangerous for the cats,
causing injury or death when the car is started

Comments (13)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great post our pets should be treated like our babies. Thanks for sharing have a great afternoon.

Feb 08, 2023 09:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Pat Champion,  I agree with you, I know of some people that keep theirs dogs on a chain and outside all the time.


Feb 08, 2023 09:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Will... I've never understood why people let their dogs or cats out when there's extreme heat or cold... especially as they don't have sweat glands. I always say if it's too cold or too hot for us, it's too cold or too hot for dogs and cats.

Feb 08, 2023 11:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nina Hollander and you are so right with your statement.  Thanks for stopping by.


Feb 08, 2023 11:54 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I hate thinking about dogs that live on chains - Pat Champion said it perfectly - our pets should be treated like babies - why have one if you don't even want it indoors ever

Feb 08, 2023 01:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Will- it's just my opinion but it you don't want to allow your pet indoors...don't have a pet. 

Feb 08, 2023 06:24 PM
Zachary Boutin, CPA
First Response Resolution, LLC - Eagle Point, OR
Oregon's Tax Problem Solver

Great Post! Sometimes I forget just how fortunate our animals are at our house, and how unlucky others may be. Our dogs and cat are pampered and warm all the time and get treats galore.

Feb 08, 2023 10:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Will our pets are all indoor, good thing we have a California king sized bed.... barely room for me:)Endre

Feb 08, 2023 11:50 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

In my area, we probably don't have to be as worried about that since our cold weather is quite mild compared to other areas.

Feb 09, 2023 04:22 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It's a must for pet owners to know what is/isn't acceptable for their furry family members!

Feb 09, 2023 05:31 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I don't understand why anyone gets a pet that can't give them a warm and caring home. Leaving them out in the cold is not warm or caring!

Feb 09, 2023 07:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share with pet owners. 

I hope you are having a productive week.

Feb 09, 2023 09:57 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise Howes, I hate to see dogs outside and yet on chains but some people do not get it.


Feb 09, 2023 10:12 AM