Keeping your pets warm in the winter
(KOLN) LINCOLN, Neb. – Even though Nebraskans haven't received as much snow as they usually do in January, the below-zero wind chills make going outside perilous. This also applies to pets.
The easiest strategy to reduce exposure and keep time outside to under five minutes is to take shorter walks. When temperatures drop below freezing, the Capital Humane Society recommends providing sufficient shelter and water for dogs that stay outside. Outdoor cats are drawn to warm places, such as automobile engines, so keep an eye out for them before your daily drive. Colder temperatures increase the danger of hypothermia and frostbite, both of which can affect your dogs.
"If you have a smaller dog and there's more snow on the ground, make sure there's a clear route for them to get out, go to the potty, and come back in," the Capital Humane Society's Matt Madcharo said. "Always keep an eye on them, and if you see any signs of hypothermia, take them to the vet immediately once."
It's essential to keep your dogs indoors as much as possible if the temperature drops below 20 degrees, according to the Capital Humane Society.
Hypothermia is characterized by uncontrollable shaking, drooling, and stumbling, whereas frostbite is characterized by blisters and swelling. When there is ice and snow on the ground, inspect paws for anything that might cause damage or frostbite, as well as hazardous ice melt and chemicals. It's a widespread fallacy that just because animals have hair means they'll be able to withstand the cold, but this isn't the case for all pets.
"If you're chilly, they're cold, too." "Obviously, some breeds, such as Huskies and Malamutes, have thicker coats and like the cold a little more," Madcharo remarked. "However, putting any pet outside in the cold right now puts them at danger of hypothermia, frostbite, and other problems."