AS MORE WINTER WEATHER APPROACHES, PET OWNERS NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLEJanuary 23, 2020 | 1:26pm
AS MORE WINTER WEATHER APPROACHES, PET OWNERS NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE
Stray Rescue of St. Louis wants to urge pet owners to take responsibility with the upcoming winter weather forecasted to keep pets safe.
“Your pets absolutely must have shelter. A plastic dog house with blankets is not enough. Blankets get wet, so at the bare minimum, dog houses should be filled with straw instead,” said Dr. Schulz, Veterinarian at Stray Rescue of St. Louis. “Many people do not think about dehydration being an issue in the wintertime, however water will freeze, so your dog must have access to fresh, unfrozen water.”
Stray Rescue typically saves short-haired mixes from inner city streets. Their bodies are not made to survive in this type of weather. They are thin and worn down from abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Short-haired dogs in particular are prone to hypothermia and frostbite.
If you must keep your pet outside, make sure their shelter is dry and draft-free. The floor should be raised a few inches from the ground and lined with straw. Turn the entry away from wind and cover the doorway with burlap or heavy plastic. It should be large enough for them to stand and turn around in.
If you see a stray animal in need, call us right away: 314-771-6121. Call with an address and be as descriptive as you can. If you see a chained pet outside, be their voice and call the police.