Cold Weather Tips & Animal Safety for the Dangerous TemperaturesDecember 28, 2017 | 8:36am
Cold Weather Tips & Animal Safety for the Dangerous Temperatures
As weather dips into freezing temperatures, Stray Rescue of St. Louis takes action.
We are on the streets rescuing more than ever during this extreme weather. If you see a stray dog, please call us immediately and make a report with location and as many details as possible: 314-771-6121.
At Stray Rescue, we believe animals should be treated as a part of the family, but we know there are so many that keep their pets outside all year long. Hypothermia is a major concern for outdoor animals. Please bring your animals inside this week. At the least, make a place for them in your garage or basement with comfortable, dry blankets.
Here are tips to help keep your pets safe during these dangerous temperatures if the animal must stay outside:
1. Line their doghouse with straw as opposed to blankets or clothing, which could become wet and make your dog colder. Make sure the opening is facing away from wind.
2. If you do not have a doghouse, create a shelter out of a bin or at the very least, a strong box, and line with hay. Keep the opening just large enough for them to climb in and out.
3. Give your dog more food than you normally would, the additional calories could help them from shivering
4. Shivering is a sign your pet is too cold and indicates the start of hypothermia. A shivering pet must be SLOWLY warmed until the signs of hypothermia are gone.
5. Keep an eye on your pet’s water and replace frozen water with fresh. Stainless steel or metal bowls will freeze water faster.
6. Outdoor cats: Create a small, warm area, in a crate or box, with the opening facing away from wind.
*Make sure the sleeping area is not too large, or it will not provide proper insulation to keep your cat warm
**If you are keeping your pets outside, we recommend you look up your local municipalities’ rules to outdoor pets. Many local governments have rules and restrictions during extreme weather.
Additional: Sidewalk ice melters like salt can irritate paws on our furry friends and can be toxic if ingested. We recommend using a non-toxic ice melter like Safe Paws for your sidewalks and
driveways. Always wipe your pet’s paws with a moist towel when you come in from a walk to help prevent pain and irritation.
If you need straw or shelter for your pet, please contact Stray Rescue of St. Louis – we will do everything we can to help the animals of our city stay safe!!
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