Don’t leave your dog outside when it is cold!

Posted By elaine on October 27, 2009

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A serious snow storm is on the way and it is time to make sure a furry family members stay out of the wintry weather.  Every year animal control gets many complaints about people who leave dogs outside in the cold. Although they are equipped with fur coats, dogs and other domestic animals can still suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze. So be kind and bring them in!  Here are some other tips to keep  your pets safe and comfy when the weather is harsh. cold nowose

  • Keep animals inside. This is especially important to remember when it comes to puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair, including pointers, Beagles, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and Dobermans. Short-haired animals will also benefit from a warm sweater or coat on walks.
  • Don’t allow your cat or dog to roam freely outdoors. During winter, cats sometimes climb under the hoods of cars to be near warm engines and are badly injured or killed when the car is started.
  • If your dogs spend much time outside and they are lean, you should increase food rations during cold spells because they are burning more calories to keep warm.  Don’t free feed, but up there food.  I recommend a food higher is fat and protein.  Canidae, Solid Gold, and Merrick foods are good options.  If you normally feed a “diet” dog food, you may want to go to a regular food.  Also, be sure that animals are free of internal parasites, which can rob them of vital nutrients.
  • Wipe off your dogs’ or cats’ legs, feet, and stomachs after they come in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make your animals sick if they ingest them while cleaning themselves. If they get very wet and have longer coats dry your pet thoroughly to the skin.  Wet fur left against skin can cause issues like hot spots.
  • If your dog must be left out while you are at work; make sure that they have shelter.  Doghouses should be made of wood (because metal is a poor insulator) and positioned in a sunny location during cold weather. Raise the house off the ground several inches and put a flap over the door to keep out cold drafts. Use straw for bedding—rugs and blankets can get wet and freeze.
    Courtesy: BBC

    Courtesy: BBC

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