The First State Animal Center-SPCA (FSAC-SPCA) asks that dog and cat owners who keep their pets outside provide tips for caring animals during cold weather.
“Ideally, when the winter temperatures plummet to the 30s, 20s and teens, and with wind-chill temperatures being even less, the animal should be kept indoors,” Kevin Usilton, executive director, said.
Usilton said that dogs, such as short-haired breeds, that are not acclimated to the frigid outdoor temperatures may not be kept in an outdoor facility unless the practice is specifically approved by a licensed veterinarian.
The following tips are as follows:
- All outdoor housing facilities for dogs should be structurally sound and safe for the animal, and the housing facility should fit the dog securely and restrict other animals from entering.
- The facility, or dog house, should preserve body heat, and keep them dry during the snow. Additional bedding needs to be provided for the animal when the temperature falls below 35 degrees or less.
- If a dog owner has to keep the dog outside during bad weather, the owner must check regularly the dog’s water dish, to make sure the dog has access to fresh, thawed water, and additional bedding, which must be wood chips or straw, NOT blankets- the use of blankets is also against the law.
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