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Pet safety tips for the cold days ahead


BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- As frigid, below-freezing temperatures and snow hit Central Oregon, the Humane Society of Central Oregon would like to remind people to provide extra care for their pets.

•  Pets are best kept inside.

•   Bring your pet inside when the temperatures drop, also consider the wind-chill factor.

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

•   Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate paws.  Buy “pet safe” ice melters. Wash off paws if pets have walked through chemicals.

•   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. Heated pet beds are available.

        -Make sure the water bowl does not freeze. Heated water bowls are available.

       -Outdoor pets need more calories to produce body heat.

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

•   Booties allow your dog to walk in the snow and prevent injury from ice.

•   Dog jackets and sweaters are more than fashion, they will keep small, senior and single coated dogs warm.

•   Seniors, young, small and short coated animals are vulnerable in the cold.

•   Keep antifreeze, salt and other household poisons away from pets.

•   Watch your pet around heating stoves to prevent burns and dehydration.

•   Horses, chickens and other livestock need winter care too:

                -Make sure there is clean, dry bedding.  Moist bedding can cause infection.

                -Make sure water in trough does not freeze.   

                -Have hooves checked and prepared for winter.

Protect your pets with preventative care.  The Humane Society of Central Oregon rents crates for $5 a month to keep pets safe and warm indoors. For more information call the Humane Society of Central Oregon at 541 382-3537 or visit

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