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Cold Weather Tips: Protect Your Pets this Winter

Cold Temperatures Can Kill Outdoor Pets

The bone-chilling cold sparks our automatic reaction to dig out the down jackets and our warmest winter gloves. We are tempted to stay inside, setting our thermostats to a higher setting, or perhaps enjoying a delightful fire. We have the ability to provide warmth to ourselves, but keep in mind the environment of our pets outdoors. It is our job to provide shelter and warmth to our outdoor pets as the mercury drops. Cold temperatures can kill.

Pets Need a Warm Place to Sleep

Most importantly, if your pet spends most of their time outdoors, make sure they have a warm place to sleep. They need a roof for shelter from the cold rain and snow. Provide them with bedding off the ground and away from wind and drafts. An insulated dog or cat bed with a warm blanket is one example of a type of warm bedding. When temperatures drop below freezing (32◦ F), bring them into a heated garage, covered porch, or mudroom to shelter them from the elements. Increase the protein and fat content of their diet by adding a little kitten or puppy food. This will provide the extra calories they need to help keep them warm.

Keep Your Cat Indoors if Possible

They will be safe from the harm of the elements. As the temperatures drop, outdoor cats will seek warmth. One of the warmest spots accessible is sometimes under the hoods of cars. If the motor is started with your cat inside the hood, your cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area or your cat is outside, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

Please take these tips to heart so that you and your pets can weather the winter weather, whatever Old Man Winter brings our way!