photo of dog at animal shelter

Protect Your Pets from the Cold

photo of dog at animal shelterThe Montgomery County Police Department is reminding residents to protect their pets from this extremely cold weather.

In fact, it’s the law in Montgomery County.

According to the Montgomery County Police Department, Section II-C of the regulation states that “a person must not tether a dog under circumstances that endanger its health, safety, or well-being including: unattended tethering of a dog during a weather emergency.”

During these frigid temperatures, Animal Services officers are reminding residents to be particularly careful with pets.

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.

• 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.

Sonya Burke

About Sonya Burke

Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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