Tips to keep outdoor pets safe in the cold

Local - 1/22/2014 5:20 PM by Rebecca Turco

BECKLEY - With single-digit temperatures expected for the rest of the week, shelter employees encourage pet owners to keep their four-legged friends warm.

Workers at the Humane Society of Raleigh County explained they keep their shelter animals indoors because they animals cannot withstand the cold for long periods of time.

It is recommended to bring outdoor pets inside, but if you cannot, make sure they have plenty of bedding made from pine, cedar or straw. Do not use cloth bedding because it freezes. Also make sure their water has not frozen and give them fresh food.

If you are cold outside, chances are your pet is too, said Pet Adoption Counselor Joyce Stover. “If they're shivering, bring them in because…they only have their fur and their fur can only keep in so much heat, especially in this cold weather,” she explained.

Shelter workers recommend giving outdoor pets fresh food and making sure their water has not frozen. Stover said once you start seeing your cat or dog lifting their feet continuously, it means it is too cold for them to be outside.


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