Suffolk County, NY - January 20th, 2014 - With the cold weather remaining relentless and another snow storm on the way, the Suffolk County SPCA would like to remind Long Islanders to keep their pets safe and warm.
Below is a message put together by the SCSPCA, on behalf of all of LI's pets:
I bet you think that I am having a great time frolicking in the snow. But after a short period of time I may actually want to come back inside a warm house. Please remember that just like you my cold tolerance can vary based on my coat, body fat, activity level, health and age.
Please shorten my walk. If I am elderly and arthritic I may have more trouble walking on snow and ice. I don't want to slip or fall. I may even need shoes like you do. Please check my paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injuries such as cracked paws or snow between my toes.
Also please wipe off my paws and belly after I go for a walk. I may have stepped in salt or other deicers or antifreeze.
If my fur is short I get cold faster. I may even need a coat like you do.
If I have any illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease I may have a harder time regulating my body temperature.
Please keep me inside if it is really cold or snowy. Just like you, I feel the cold. When you are cold you go inside, so please take me with you.
If you leave me outside, remember that I must have a doghouse that has a waterproof roof, is structurally sound with insulation that is appropriate.
Remember, I am susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia just like you! So please don't forget about me. I love you unconditionally!