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During Cold Snaps, Pets Need a Helping Hand to Stay Safe

To many, pets are people too. That's why it's important to plan for their safety during winter weather.

Credit: Patch File Photo
Credit: Patch File Photo

Pets rely on humans to keep them safe during cold or inclement weather. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross and the Humane Society on how to keep your pets shielded from winter's fury.

From the Humane Society of the United States:

  • If pets cannot come indoors, make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
  • Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
  • Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.

From the American Red Cross:

  • If possible, bring your pets inside during cold winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water.
  • If the animals are outside, make sure their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.

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