Tips to protect your pets during cold temperatures

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center has been receiving complaints from concerned residents about pets being left in the cold.

Officials are now sharing some reminders about how to keep your furry friends safe this winter.

“We’ve gotten a couple of concerns through our Facebook and we have forwarded those on to our animal control officers,” county public information coordinator Michael Zimmerman said. “We do advise, if at all possible, to bring your dog or cats, inside.”

Temperatures across the Miami Valley have hovered in the teens these past few days, even dropping below zero overnight.

Pets can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite if temperatures get too cold and they’re left outside for too long.

If they can’t be inside, Zimmerman says make sure they have a covered shelter with plenty of warm bedding; check their water bowls to make sure it hasn’t frozen over; and outdoor dogs may need extra food.

“They will require more calories to keep their body temperature up,” Zimmerman said.

Be sure to wipe rock salt and other de-icers off their paws after they’ve been outside on walks as that can be irritating to their skin.

And keep an eye out for stray cats and other critters who might crawl inside your car for warmth.

“Before you leave, if you have some stray cats in your neighbourhood, just a quick pound on the hood or honk the horn before you go and give them a few minutes to get out, before you start your car,” Zimmerman said.

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