Feline fur coats not enough in the cold
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:04:14 GMT —
A fur coat doesn't mean your pet is warm enough in these frigid winter temperatures.
It doesn't matter if your pet lives indoors or outdoors - you need to take extra precautions to keep them safe this winter.
Watch that common winter chemicals are out of your pet's reach.
Since pets burn more calories in the cold weather, make sure to check food and water regularly. Experts say p ets can dehydrate as easily in the winter as they can in the summer because water bowls can freeze over quickly.
Make sure outdoor dogs and cats have extra, insulated shelter away from the north winds. Also remember to fill pet houses with clean hay and straw, which traps heat better than blankets.
It's also a good idea to allow them inside during the coldest times, which is normally at night or during the early morning hours.
"Make sure they're not out there for too long," Celeste Battocchi with the Quincy Humane Society said. "Make sure they do get a break from the cold. Some dogs, especially larger ones are more equipped to handle the cold. But for smaller ones - their bodies are not built for that."
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