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Winter too cold to leave pets out in Vail Valley

Daily Staff Report
Vail Valley, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” With Vail Valley temperatures dropping well below zero, Eagle County Animal Services is offering winter weather reminders for caring for your pets.

Colorado mountain winters are simply too cold for most pets to be left outside for any length of time, says Animal Services Director Natalie Duck.

Dogs and cats can freeze to death when left in cold temperatures, she says, offering these tips to keep your pet safe and healthy:

– If your pet does not have indoor access, provide a heated dog house, garage or other warm area that offers protection from the elements. Wind and snow quickly produce life threatening conditions.

– Prevent frostbite by removing ice and snow from paws and fur right away. Even brief exposure to sub-zero temperatures can lead to frostbite of the feet, nose or ears. Frost-bitten skin appears red, gray or whitish and may peel off.

– Do not leave antifreeze, coolant or windshield wiper fluid within reach and do not let pets drink from puddles. These products often taste appealing to pets but can be lethal. Thoroughly clean any spills from your vehicle and keep your pets on leash outdoors so you can steer them from any suspect puddles.

– Outdoor cats and wild animals sometimes climb onto car engines or beneath cars to seek warmth. Bang on the hood of your car or honk the horn before starting the engine to warn animals away.

– Many de-icing and ice-melting products are toxic to the touch. Read the labels of any projects you use, and store these products in tight containers. Wipe your pet’s paws after contact with ice-melting substances.

For more information, contact Animal Services at 328-DOGS.

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