In the winter, keeping dogs warm should be a top responsibility.
As the weather becomes colder, pets will need to find a warm place to remain.
According to Miranda Dawson of Hardin County Animal Care and Control, if it's too cold for you to be outdoors, it's too cold for animals to be outside.
If at all possible, she recommends bringing pets indoors during the winter. This can be done in a garage with blankets to keep them warm.
If pet owners are unable to bring their pets indoors, warm shelter should be provided outside. The shelter should have three walls, a roof, and some insulation to help the animals retain as much body heat as feasible. According to Dawson, this insulation might be as simple as having enough straw or blankets to keep warm.
Outdoor cats in many areas are looking for a warm place to stay during the winter. A plastic tote shelter, according to Dawson, is a simple method to assist them.
Another thing to keep in mind is the temperature of the wind chill.
Another aspect that makes it colder for your outside pet is the wind, and it's also crucial for your pet to stay dry while it's chilly outside, according to her.
When it snows, ice melt used to clear driveways and sidewalks might be a problem. When walking dogs, it's better to keep them out of the salt.
It's bad for their paws, Dawson explained, and many varieties of deicing salt are harmful to pets if consumed.
Small animals, particularly cats, want a warm location to stay outside, which is frequently under the hood of a car. When starting a vehicle, Dawson recommends looking for these little creatures. To avoid hurting animals when starting the car, tap the hood a few times to persuade them to flee out.
Many people believe that just because their pet has fur, they would be warm enough without taking any additional precautions, according to her. Pet jackets and winter boots, on the other hand, are made for reasons other than making pets appear cute.
Becca Owsley can be reached at email@example.com or 270-505-1416.