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Colorado's climate is no stranger to extremes in temperature. Pets in Colorado must contend with the dry, sunny heat of summer as well as the windy and snowy bite of winter. Below are some tips to keep your pet safe and comfortable no matter what Mother Nature may bring, or you may share our Seasonal Pet Care Brochure .
Leaving your pet in the car can be very dangerous. On a hot day the temperature in your car could reach 160 degrees within 10 minutes. That's hot enough to cause heat stroke.
Never travel with a dog in the bed of a moving pickup truck. The dog could slide, bounce or jump out and be seriously injured or killed.
Dogs must be provided with adequate water, shade and shelter during the heat of summer.
Exercise your dog in the early morning or evening when it's coolest. Avoid lawns treated with pesticides and fertilizers, which can make dogs sick if ingested.
If you see evidence of cruelty or neglect, such as an animal left in a hot vehicle, or given inadequate shelter, water or food, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Section immediately at 303-271-5070.
Remove snow piled high next to your fence. This can provide a boost for your dog to jump over the fence and become lost.
When your pet is outdoors, make sure there is plenty of fresh drinking water available.
A dry, elevated dog house should be provided for dogs when they are outdoors.
Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets but can be fatal if consumed. Should your pet ingest antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Never leave your dog alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. Your dog could literally freeze to death.
In their search to keep warm outdoors, cats sometimes take refuge next to warm car engines or tires. To alert an animal, slap the hood of your car before starting it.
When the temperature dips below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it is best to keep your dogs indoors, even if a dog house is provided. Short-haired dogs, puppies and cats should be kept indoors at 40 degrees or below.
If you see evidence of cruelty or neglect, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Section immediately at 303-271-5070.
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