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Extreme temperatures could be dangerous for pets

POSTED: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 4:35pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- It's important to remember the little guys because freezing temperatures can be life-threatening for pets left outdoors. Officials are warning anyone with animals to bring them inside.

Most dogs like the snow, and it doesn't hurt to have the pets outside for short periods of time. However, just like humans, the Waco Humane Society's Karen Froehlich says they need a warm home.

"This cold, they're just not used to it. And if they don't have any protection like a dog house or something like that, it's going to be miserable on them. So we just suggest people to get them inside," says Froehlich.

A dog house alone isn't enough to protect your pets from this extreme weather. At the shelter, they take lots of steps to protect the animals from freezing temperatures. First, they close the kennels down to protect the dogs from the elements. The dogs have igloo houses, and they get fresh blankets twice a day to keep warm. The shelter also puts radiant heaters in the kennels, and the animals get fed more during the winter.

One pet owner, Minsun Kim, says she see a lot of people who don't know how to protect their animals in this weather.

"Even if dogs have fur, then, honestly, it wouldn't help them with this cold. It's going down to like 30s, 20s, and it's just no, I don't think so," said Kim.

With temperatures dropping to the low teens overnight Wednesday, your pet could die outside.

So give them a shelter with closed sides and a doorway, plus lots of blankets for extra insulation. Also consider an artificial heat source that's safe for the crate.

But the best plan for your pets: "Take them in! take them in! No matter how big they are, take them in because, yeah, this weathers crazy!" says Kim.

The Humane Society also says to remember salt on the sidewalks can be harsh on your animal's paws. They say using something like kitty litter is better.

Also, they are running out of laundry detergent, blankets and food, and are asking anyone who wants to donate to call or drop in to the shelter.

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