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  • Animal Welfare release tips on how to protect your pets in cold weather

  • The Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare is offering residents tips to keep pets sage and warm in cold temperatures.
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  • The Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare is offering residents tips to keep pets sage and warm in cold temperatures.
    The following tips include:
    - Bring pets indoors – this is the safest place for your pet during cold temperatures.  Short-haired pets or very young or old pets should never be left outdoors in cold temperatures
    - Protect outdoor pets from the elements – if your pet must be outdoors, you must provide a dry, draft-free shelter from the elements.  Housing should be appropriately sized for the animal and designed for animal sheltering
    - Ensure access to water at all times – frequently check water bowls to ensure water is not frozen.  If you typically use a metal watering bowl, replace it with plastic as a pet’s tongue can get stuck to metal in cold temperatures
    - Additional food may be needed - Animals burn more calories in cold temperatures in order to stay warm, you may also need to increase the amount of food you provide.  Check with your veterinarian about your pet’s nutritional needs in cold weather
    - Outdoor cats need attention too – whether outdoor cats are owned, stray, or feral, they need the same protection from cold weather as your pets.  If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, provide them with dry, warm shelter, as well as food and water to help them survive dangerously low temperatures.  For your own safety, do not handle any unfamiliar animals, particularly if the rabies vaccination status is unknown.  An animal may have rabies and not exhibit any external signs
    For more information: (302) 998-2281.

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