Pet owners need to take extra steps to keep their pets safe during winter months. The Animal Rescue League of Boston offers these five tips.
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Winterize outdoor accommodations. A winter-friendly shelter should have three enclosed sides, stand off the ground, and contain generous amounts of bedding such as clean straw or hay.
Watch the thermometer. Bring outdoor pets indoors if the temperature drops below 20 degrees. Puppies, kittens, and short-haired pets should come indoors when the thermometer drops below 40 degrees.
Check underneath the hood. Cats love to warm up underneath cars and car hoods, leading to burns and other grave injuries when the car gets turned on suddenly. Make a habit to pound on the hood of your car and give a visual check underneath before your start it.
Stay alert around the fire. If you have a fire in your fireplace or wood stove, or turn on the space heater, pay attention to how close your pet gets to the hot surfaces.
Pay attention to grooming and senior pet health. A pet with a matted coat cannot keep him or herself warm. Long-haired pets, especially during heavy periods of shedding, need extra help maintaining a healthy coat. Senior pets can also have more pain from arthritis in the cold, so check with your veterinarian about how to keep your pet content.