Bitter Cold Temperatures ComingFebruary 2, 2021 | 2:37pm
KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE AS BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES APPROACH
Winter Weather Tips to keep your pet safe, and help offered
St. Louis, Missouri (FEBRUARY 2, 2021) – Stray Rescue of St. Louis urges pet owners to be responsible with upcoming bitter cold temperatures forecasted. Here’s how you can keep your pets safe during the frigid winter weather:
“First and foremost, your pets absolutely must have shelter. A dog house with blankets is not enough. Blankets get wet and freeze, so at the BARE MINIMUM, sturdy non- plastic dog houses should be filled with straw instead,” said Dr. Morgan, Veterinarian at Stray Rescue of St. Louis. “Dogs absolutely are susceptible to hypothermia, just like people. Many people also 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 mixed breed stray dogs from inner city streets, but see so many owned, chained dogs. Short haired mixed breeds and pitbull mixes especially are not built to survive in this type of weather and are prone to hypothermia and frostbite.
Pet owners are urged to bring their pets INSIDE when temperatures get this low. If you absolutely 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 (ex: sitting on a pallet) and lined with straw. Turn the entry away from wind and cover the doorway with burlap or heavy plastic (ex: a tarp). 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.