Protect Your Pets From Bitter Cold Temperatures

by Mackenzie Stasko on January 2, 2014 at 6:52 am

Just because your pets have fur, doesn’t mean they’re immune to the cold.

"If you have outside animals, it would be a good idea if you can bring them inside," said Jody Murray, executive director of  the  Animal Shelter Society of Muskingum County. "Move their houses to a place where they’re not gonna be out in the elements. Even move their house in the garage for a couple nights. Usually weather like this doesn’t last too long, so if you can make special arrangements for a night or two."

Another thing to keep in mind is to replenish your pets food and water, and even if they have a winter coat, Murray says they should still be brought indoors.

"Even dogs like huskies and things, they like the cold weather. But if it’s getting down to below zero, it’s just better to be safe and be cautious, and just put some extra straw in their house and make sure it’s out of the elements as much as possible. Because when it gets that cold, it doesn’t take long for something bad to happen to your animals."

As always, make sure to check the forecast to find out what you need to do to protect your pet.