It may be tempting to let outside cats and dogs inside the garage during the fall and winter months; however, pet owners and caregivers may think twice about do so.
While the cooler temperatures may put companion animals at risk of hypothermia and frost bite, the garage is full of chemicals, antifreeze and oil that may be toxic if licked by pets.
Furthermore, most garages are not well-insulated and will drop below 50 degrees F - the danger zone temperature to avoid when leaving pets outside for long.
If snow gets inside garages, dogs and cats' wet paws will develop into cracked paws, resulting in uncomfortable movements.
If a garage is the only place dogs and cats can stay, make sure to provide fresh water, food, towels to dry off paws and blankets to keep pets warm.