Keeping Your Pets Safe During Frigid Temperatures

By: Ali Ingersoll Email
By: Ali Ingersoll Email
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The weather is not only dangerous for you but also for your pets. Leaving them outside when we see temperatures drop can impact their health and safety.

Keep your pet inside. If you cannot do that, set up a heated shelter in a garage or shed.

"If it's absolutely positively no way that you can, then you need to set something up in kind of an enclosure that you can," says Mary Kirlin, the executive director for the Marathon County Humane Society. "Insulate it with straw. Face the opening away from where the wind is coming. Get them elevated up off of the ground and out of the snow."

Kirlin recommends using hay or straw in an alternative shelter. She says blankets will freeze. She also says you should have a heated water bowl for your pet so their water does not freeze.

"You got to make sure you're providing for them because if they're eating snow to try to hydrate themselves, they're going to burn up more calories and they're going to get more tired from the whole process," says Kirlin. "They need to get fed more and watered more. This is not a time to think they can just fend for themselves."

Marathon County has already seen some issues where people are not taking care of their animals properly. Kirlin says they have been reported to the appropriate law offices.

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