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Keep your pet safe, warm in cold temperatures

6:09 PM, Jan. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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Prolonged exposure to sub-zero temperatures puts pets at risk of hypothermia, frostbite and even death. A 10-minute potty break or a 5- to 10-minute walk is okay, but any longer can cause pets discomfort and pain.

Even dogs that normally kenneled outside need to be brought inside when the temperatures turn brutal. And don't forget to factor in the wind chill!

There are minimum requirements for pets kept outdoors, including an insulated house with an elevated floor just large enough for the dog to stand and turn around in. Pets also need bedding, preferably straw, to retain their body heat and a door flap to keep out wind and weather.

They need a more food than normal as they will burn more energy trying to stay warm; and also a source of unfrozen, fresh water.

Put yourself in the pet's place. If you see any animal outdoors unattended without adequate shelter, food or fresh water, alert your local police department. It could be a matter of life or death.

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