Protect Your Pets

POSTED BY: Erika Brooks
Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 06:39 PM
Protect Your Pets

A cold snap is coming our way next week and it's important to keep in mind those who can't care for themselves, pets.

When the temperatures drop it can become dangerous for dogs and cats left outdoors. The Animal Shelter advises pet owners to take necessary precautions to keep their four-legged friends safe from the elements. 

"The first thing is start out with good shelter something that's going to keep them out of the wind and rain, add some kind of bedding, hay, straw, things like that,"said Jody Murray, Animal Shelter Director.

Another thing to remember when trying to protect yourself from the ice and snow-your preventative measures could actually harm your pet.

"When the temperatures get really cold and there's ice and things it's going to be hard on their feet, if they're using any kind of de-icer on their steps that gets on their feet so it's a good idea to bring them inside periodically to kind of check them over if they're getting frozen ice on them things like that," said Murray.

If you can't bring your dog or cat indoors during winter weather, think about purchasing a coat or snow boots for them, along with their shelter, the added protection can help keep them safe and warm.

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