In the winter, owners provide a helping hand to their dogs.
With the present wintry weather and a winter storm warning, local pet owners are providing clothing, cuddles, and special care to their furry pets.
According to PetMD, colder temperatures do not become an issue for dogs until they reach 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a dog's temperature is affected by a number of factors, including his age, health, conditioning, size, weight, coat type, and coat color. Cats are not exempt from this restriction.
Josefine Green, a junior from Sacramento, California, has two bichon poodle mixes named Bogey and Chipper, who are 12 and 10 years old, respectively. Green believes her pets are unhappy with the present weather.
They're quite old, according to Green. Their bones are a little achy, to say the least. They despise the feeling of snow on their feet.
Green advises other dog owners to dress their canines in clothes and shoes whenever they take them outside.
You must have sweaters for them... Green believes that their natural fur is insufficient. I would strongly advise doing so, simply by giving them lots of cuddles, because nothing warms them up like body heat.
Green also provides blankets for her dogs and microwaves some of their wet food before delivering it to them, according to Green.
Green described it as like a wonderful hot dinner for them. In their little stomachs, it's warm.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, feeding pets a bit more food in the winter "may offer much-needed calories." This is true not just for dogs, but also for cats. There are however those who argue that an increase in food should only apply to cats who live outside.
"If your home is kept warm, indoor cats don't need to eat more." "However, because they are exposed to the cold, outdoor cats require more energy to burn," Richard Parker wrote in an essay about indoor cats' eating patterns in the winter.
Sarah Michaelian, a Palo Alto, Calif., student, has an indoor cat named Simba, a 16-year-old Bengal domestic shorthair mix. For the current weather, she said she stocked up on Simba's food and litter.
Michaelian explained, We have extra water for the cats, and we also have some extra water for us.
Green said she has been bringing her dogs out to use the potty on portions of the lawn where there is no snow and massaging their feet after returning inside due to a lack of boots.
Chase Haney, a third-year Truett Seminary student from Eufaula, Alabama, and resident chaplain of Allen and Dawson Residence Halls, said he keeps an eye on his golden retriever Duncan's paws to ensure they don't get too cold.
All I have to do now is keep an eye on the clock, said Haney. If it makes sense, I sometimes have to go out more frequently but for a shorter period of time. He appears to love a nice 20-minute, or 15-minute if you like, play session.
Duncan enjoys "getting the zoomies," or running in circles, according to Haney. Duncan also enjoys biting the snow and exploring, according to him.
Because of the ice, you just have to keep an eye on where they run, according to Haney. Dogs are just as susceptible to injury as humans.
Green claims that her pets have taught her to be grateful for the many warm things she has.
They're also great for cuddling on the couch, according to Green. I believe it's great that we're able to keep each other warm.