BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – With a potentially historic winter storm on the way, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is reminding pet owners of how to protect their pets from the cold weather.
For starters, those who own a long-haired dog should let them grow out their coat for the winter as it will give them warmth and protection. Dogs with shorter coats should wear sweaters, coats and booties.
When it comes to treated sidewalks, Mike Defina with the ARL said it is important to minimize the time pets spend outdoors.
“Whether it be bathroom breaks or walks you just want to keep it short and sweet,” Defina said. “You just really want to keep your pets indoors as much as possible.”
He added that when people go back inside, they should clean and dry their dog’s paws and the fur around their stomach to help them stay healthy. There are also things people can do when it comes to smaller pets like birds or rabbits.
“A good idea is to wrap a blanket around the bottom of the enclosure,” Defina said. “That will add a little layer of protection, a little layer of warmth, but also keep the cage ventilated.”
Pet owners should also never leave their dog alone in a car as it is illegal, pay attention to their pet’s grooming and health and provide extra means of staying warm in the case of a power outage.
Finally, the ARL says it is important to keep pets calm amid the strong winds, cold temperatures and power outages that can make many pets anxious. The organization recommends keeping plenty of treats and toys on hand to keep pets occupied and calm.