Cold weather tips for your pets – January 24, 2011


Cold Weather Tips for Your Pets

Slight warmup expected for the week ahead

Updated: Monday, 24 Jan 2011, 12:36 AM EST
Published : Sunday, 23 Jan 2011, 9:30 AM EST – Temperatures are in the single digits. Not only is is dangerous for humans, it’s also dangerous for your four legged friends. Watch Fox 2 News morning starting at 4:30am for the latest forecast.

Here are some tips from the Animal Care Network :

*If you know anyone who keeps pets outdoors, persuade them to bring them inside.

*Low temperatures, winds and precipitation can lead to illness, hypothermia and death.

*Water bowls freeze in cold weather.

*Dogs and cats can suffer from frostbite in a matter of minutes, mainly on feet, ears and tails.

*Local laws require that if dogs are kept outdoors, the owner must supply the dog with “proper” shelter from the weather:

*Dog house that is not oversized, since the dog needs to retain body heat

*A wind flap on the dog house door

*Plenty of dry straw and access to fresh, unfrozen water.

*Snow is not sufficient to hydrate animals.

*Doghouses must be elevated off the ground so they dont freeze on the bottom.

*Blankets and towels only freeze when used in a doghouse

*Double up on food intake during cold weather, extra weight keeps them warmer

* If you see a dog in need of a help, become that dog’s advocate. Speak with the owner, and if that fails to improve the situation, contact your local animal shelter, humane society or animal control office.

* Please keep cats inside. Felines who spend time outside can freeze, or get lost or injured

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