Cold Weather Can Take A Toll On Outdoor Pets

POSTED BY: News Department
Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 01:41 PM
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As the cold weather sets in again and temperatures begin to drop around the area, technicians at the Animal Shelter Society want to remind pet owners not to forget about their furry friends who live outdoors. Some advice they recommend is to provide some type of shelter or structure for the animal, with straw or a blanket inside. Keep it off the ground a few feet if it is outside to keep the draft out and place a flap or cover on the opening of the house to keep the wind from coming in. For your favorite feline, pet techs recommend checking your vehicle to make sure a cat has not crawled up into the engine area seeking shelter. Keeping a garage door open for the cat may alleviate those problems. Other tips are keep water bowls filled and check them regularly for frozen dishes as well. Watch out for antifreeze that can harm animal’s digestive systems if swallowed and can even cause death. Pet techs urge anyone who spots an animal left out in the cold weather to call the Dog Warden or Humane Officer. The Shelter is also available to house any animals who have been neglected and are out in the harsh elements.

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