Keeping Pets Warm

Pet Safety

       HORSEHEADS---(WENY) Already, 2014 is starting out with a bang! Earlier in the week came the snow, now- bone chilling temperatures with some parts of the Southern Tier between 10 and 15 degrees below zero. Excruciatingly cold weather for any of us to be out in, including our pets.
     Kelly Keefer, Outreach Coordinator of the Chemung County SPCA says, "Being out for any length of time is just not fair. If you have a dog that's in a dog house situation situation or outside, please make sure they can get into a warmer family area."
     And, believe it or not, our pets can get hypothermia and frost bite despite their furry coats. So it's important not to leave them outside for more than 15 minutes in this type of weather.
      And no matter how big or small your pet, it's a good Idea to get them well equipped with a winter wardrobe complete with sweaters booties for their paws.
      Keefer says, "Some of the animals that have the shorter fur, it's nice to put a jacket on them. Again, the pads of their feet, we have to be mindful of that and the salt that's on our sidewalks and our roads can be harmful to their pads."
     And just like you wouldn't leave your pet in the car in extreme heat, make sure you don't leave them in the car unattended in the extreme cold either.