Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I may be a little late but...

A friend of Fort Fido's, Barbara Rivers, sent me in some great cold weather tips for pet owners. Thanks Barb! Check them out:

Keep Pets Safe During Stormy, Cold Weather

· Wind gusts and flying objects can injure or frighten pets. Take precautions
to keep your companion animals safe and secure.

· Dogs and cats may run away or get disoriented when fences blow down,
objects fall or fly in the wind or the noise of a big gust frightens them.

· Bring your pet inside during the storm and watch them when let outside.

· Check all fencing and lock all gates.

· Bring your pet inside when the temperature drops to 32 degrees with the
wind-chill factor.

· Dogs and cats can get frost bitten ears, nose, and feet if left outside.

· If your pet must be kept outside:
-Provide a dry, elevated dog house with clean dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep
drafts out. A doghouse should allow your dog to comfortably sit and lay down but small enough
to hold in its body heat.
-Make sure the water bowl does not freeze. Heated water bowls are available.
-Outdoor pets need more calories to produce body heat.

· Keep antifreeze, salt and other household and garage poisons away from

· Make sure a cat has not crawled under your car seeking shelter and warmth
near the engine. Tap on hood before starting the engine.

· Large Animals need winter care too:
-Provide a wind break and/or shelter for horses and livestock to block wind and rain
-Make sure horses and other livestock have clean, dry bedding.
-Make sure water in trough does not freeze.

· Be sure you know important emergency numbers.

Just a reminder, we will be closed tomorrow, Thursday November 25th and Friday November 26th. We will be open for business this Saturday, November 27th.

Everyone out there have a marvelous Thanksgiving... We all have so much to be thankful for, good times! :)



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