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  • Phone: 970-328-3647
    Fax: 970-328-2442

    Animal Services
    P.O. Box 57
    1400 Fairgrounds Road
    Eagle, Colorado 81631

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Pets and cold weather

Contact: Animal Shelter and Services at 970-328-3647 or

Dec. 29, 2015 - With recent temperatures dropping well below zero, Eagle County Animal Shelter and Services is offering winter weather reminders for caring for pets. Colorado mountain winters are too cold for most pets to be left outside for any length of time without adequate shelter. Use these tips to ensure the safety and health of your pets:

  • If your pet does not have access to the indoors, provide a heated dog house, garage, or other warm area that offers protection from the elements. Wind and precipitation quickly produce life-threatening circumstances for pets.
  • 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. Prevent frostbite by removing ice and snow from paws and fur right away. If you suspect frostbite, contact your veterinarian.
  • Do not leave antifreeze, coolant or windshield wiper fluid within your pet's access and do not let pets drink from puddles. These products often taste appealing, but can be lethal. Thoroughly clean any spills from your vehicle and keep your pets on a leash outdoors so you can steer them away from 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 deicing and ice-melting products are toxic to the touch. Read the labels of any products you use, and store these products in tight containers. Wipe your pet’s paws after contact with ice-melting substances.

For more information, contact Eagle County Animal Shelter and Services at 328-DOGS.