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There’s a chill in the air--protect your pets!

Published on Monday, November 30, 2020

There’s a chill in the air--protect your pets!

Animal Care Services offers tips for keeping pets safe during the colder months

CONTACT: Lisa Norwood, 210.207.6665  210.315.3130
Alfonso Rios, 210.207.6589   956.961.5782


SAN ANTONIO (November 30, 2020) - Winter hasn’t even officially begun, and San Antonio is already expecting the thermometer to head below freezing. Those chilly temperatures are coming tonight (and expected to stick around for a few days) so now is the time to protect your four-legged family members from the cold. With a few simple precautions you can ensure your pets stay happy and healthy throughout the colder months of the year.

  • The best way to protect your pets during the winter? Bring them inside! Pets (especially cats) are safer indoors. Can’t have your pet inside the house? Purchase an insulated dog house or build a protective enclosure that shields your pet from the elements and gives them a safe, warm place to rest. City law mandates a pet’s shelter must have walls, a roof and an elevated floor to protect a pet from any water.
  • Certain pets are more vulnerable to cold temperatures than others. Shorthaired dogs, very young or old dogs and all cats should not be left outside during winter months. Shorthaired dogs may benefit from a sweater while outside.
  • Pets who spend much of their day outdoors will need some extra food throughout the colder months. That’s because they use up more energy trying to stay warm. A few extra kibbles probably won’t hurt but make sure your pet is getting daily exercise if they’re prone to weight gain.
  • Always provide fresh, clean water; regardless of the season. Check water daily and clean bowls regularly to prevent algae growth.    
  • Be mindful of your pets while winterizing your car. Antifreeze is deadly to pets who are attracted to its sweet taste. Store all chemicals out of reach especially if you’re going to bring your pets into the garage on cold nights.
  • Before heading out to warm up the car, bang on the hood a time or two. A warm engine can be a welcome spot for a cold cat and the noise should scare them away before you start the engine.


The City of San Antonio has laws that protect pets from neglect including exposure to harsh weather conditions. Animal Care Officers will have zero tolerance for the owners of pets found without proper shelter, food and water during this weather event. Residents can report possible animal ordinance violations by calling the City’s 3-1-1 Customer Service line.

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