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Protecting Your Pet From Winter’s Fury

Thursday, November 13, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

COLD DOGWell it’s that time of year. The leaves are about done falling and the weather is getting colder. There’s nothing like sitting in front of the fireplace with you kitty purring on your lap. Winter can be a tough time for our pets, especially dogs who must go outside everyday!  Sometimes we forget that our pets suffer from the cold just as we do. Some owners will leave their pets outside in the cold for long periods of time thinking that they’re accustomed to the cold well……..they’re not and could freeze to death.  You should take your pets for a check up before winter begins.Your veterinarian can check to make sure they don’t have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold. Keep your pets indoors as much as you can when the mercury plummets.  When you have to take them outside, stay with them. When you are cold enough to go inside, so are they. If you absolutely must leave them outside for a significant length of time, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against the wind, thick bedding, and plenty of non-frozen water. Try leaving out a hot water bottle, wrapped in a towel so it won’t burn your pet’s skin. There really shouldn’t be any reason why you have to leave them outdoors in the biting cold of winter for any extended period of time. Don’t neglect your pet during the winter months.

Remember, your pets count!

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