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Winter is here, and we have some of the best tips to prepare you to prepare your animals for the cold and winter weather. According to the Humane Society of the United States, here are the five best tips to protect your animals this winter. 
  • Keep pets sheltered- under no circumstances should pets be left outdoors, even if they roam outside during other seasons. If your pet is outdoors much of the day for any reason, they must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow them to move comfortably, but small enough to hold in body heat. Routinely check your pet's water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls; when the temperature is low, your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal
  • Bundle up- this includes your pets. No matter what the temperature is, wind chill can threaten a pet's life. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. For this reason, short-haired dogs often feel more comfortable wearing a sweater — even during short walks. Also, rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
  • Remove common poisons- Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up any antifreeze spills immediately and keep it, like all household chemicals, out of reach. Dogs are at risk of salt poisoning in winter due to the rock salt used in many areas — often when licking it from their paws after a walk. Store de-icing salt in a safe place and wipe your dog’s paws, even after short walks. If your dog ingests rock salt, call a veterinarian immediately.
  • Protect outdoor animals- If there are outdoor animals, either owned pets or community ones in your area, remember that they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. Ideal housing includes: the floor should be raised a few inches from the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw; as well as the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
  • Speak out- If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you're concerned. Some people genuinely don’t know the risk that cold weather poses to their pets or livestock, and will be quick to correct any problems you address. If someone you raise these concerns with responds poorly or continues to neglect their animals, follow the steps on reporting wintertime neglect.
For more information on an array of tips check out www.humanesociety.org for all the additional information. 
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