Cold Weather and Pets. What You Need To Know.
It is a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant to cold weather than we are, but this is generally untrue. Although there are certain breeds with longer, thicker coats that can stand to be outside a little longer, no pet should remain outside for long periods of time in below freezing weather. Like us, our furry friends are also susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and precautions should be taken. Remember, if it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pets!
Provide Outdoor Shelter
If your pet spends much of their time outdoors in the winter, a shelter should be provided even if your pup has the thickest, fluffiest coat! The shelter should be large enough so they are able to sit, stand, and turn around, yet small enough to effectively lock in their own body heat. The Humane Society of the United States recommends a shelter that is raised a few inches off the ground and recommends lining the floor with either straw or cedar shavings for further insulation. They also suggest that the doorway be covered with burlap or heavy plastic to keep water out. Just remember, even with the warmest outdoor shelter around we still need to limit our furry friends’ time outdoors in the cooler months! [Read more…] about Cold Weather Care