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Humane Society Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe this Winter

Humane Society Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe this Winter

As another winter storm tracks its way across most of the United States, consumers are urged to take extra precautions to keep their pets safe this winter. Many people are under the false impression that just because animals have a furry coat they are not susceptible to the dangers associated with cold weather. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, in fact pets can get too cold or even suffer frostbite when exposed to freezing temperatures just like their human companions. Pet owners who fail to take the necessary steps to ensure their pets heath could not only suffer the loss of their pet but also legal ramifications if animal cruelty is suspected. Keep your pets warm and safe this winter with the following tips offered by the Humane Society.

    * Bundle up - Many folks scoff at the idea of a dog wearing a sweater, however smaller breeds or those with short hair will appreciate the added protection. Whether you have a short legged pet who has to walk through snow or a bigger dog with less hair for warmth, consider investing in and using animal coats or sweaters to ward off the cold.

    * Bring them in - Dogs are social animals and thrive on the attention and companionship offered by their human family. If you have a dog that is tied outside, consider bringing them into your home. Not only will your pet be happier, you won’t have to worry about them freezing during the cold months of winter. Cats may not be as social as their canine counterparts, however they will be happier with a warm safe place to call home when the temperatures drop.

    * Provide food and water - Domesticated animals rely on their owners for food and water. This is important all year round, however during the winter months you may need to increase the amount of fresh water and food available for your pets consumption. If an animal is kept outside or spends a lot of time outside they will need more food and water to keep their energy levels up. It takes a lot of energy to stay warm during the winter months.

    * Avoid seasonal dangers - Antifreeze and other chemicals used to treat icy conditions in the winter can be harmful to pets if ingested. They can also irritate the pads of your pet’s feet, therefore pets should be closely monitored as exposure to these products can cause sickness or even death.

    * Provide outside protection - If you must keep your animals outside this winter, take the time to ensure they have adequate shelter to ward off the cold. Dog boxes should be built off of the ground with a layer of cedar shavings or straw to provide added protection. The structure should be free of drafts with a door covering that keeps out wind and precipitation. The correct size will depend on the size of your pet; the shelter should be big enough to comfortably sit or lie down yet small enough to retain the animal’s body heat. Insulated shelters should be made available for outside cats as well.

Responsible pet owners want to keep their pets safe because they love their animals. With that being said, there are laws on the books written to protect animals from abuse and neglect. Not providing adequate shelter, food and water as well as medical attention is against the law. If you have a pet, make sure you are doing all you can to keep them safe and healthy this winter and throughout the year.

Responsible pet owners want to keep their pets safe because they love their animals. With that being said, there are laws on the books written to protect animals from abuse and neglect. Not providing adequate shelter, food and water as well as medical attention is against the law. If you have a pet, make sure you are doing all you can to keep them safe and healthy this winter and throughout the year.

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