How to keep pets healthy and cars running right as cold approaches Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–The coldest air of the season will arrive in central Ohio Monday night. As temperatures dip into the low teens, there are a few things to keep in mind.

AAA’s Steve Miller says batteries are known to die in the cold weather.

“Just look at the battery terminals,” he says.

Clean them if there is a powdery substance coating the terminals.

“The old trick of Coke and a light brush or paper towel to help get some of it off can save you some trouble,” Miller said.

Tire pressure lights commonly turn on in this type of weather since colder air causes some tires to lose pressure.

“When a tire is running low on air, it builds up an extreme amount of heat in the sidewall of the tire,” he said. “If it builds up enough heat, it can blow out or damage the side of it to where it cannot be repaired.”

You could solve that problem yourself by filling your tire with the right amount of air.

Also, don’t forget about pets, who

Kevin Robinson is adopting Bubba from the Franklin County Dog Shelter. He says, “If it is cold out, no one wants to spend a long time outside. Dogs are the same way. Spending a lot of time outside when it is cold outside is dangerous for them.”

Franklin County Dog Shelter Director Kaye Dickinson says it is best to keep “outdoor” dogs in a basement or garage in this type of weather.

If you must keep your pet outside, make sure they have adequate straw or hay to keep them warm.  She explains, “Straw doesn’t retain the moisture and it helps keep them drier. They can dig up underneath it and keep themselves warm.”

Make sure your dog has access to water even in the cold.  Dickinson adds, “Make sure they are not tipping it over, make sure it’s not frozen. Make sure it is an adequate temperature where they will drink it and that they are drinking.”

Dogs require more calories in the cold so consider feeding them a little more than normal.  Also, wipe paws after your dog goes outdoors to removed any snow and salt from their paws. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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