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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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Barney Lerten

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  1. We had cats who did not like being inside. Eventually, we decided with their age and after we no longer had haystacks for them to burrow into that we would get them a dog house. We put a padded foam insert inside, then a heating pad on a thermo-cube, and then a blanket. We covered the outside with a canvas paint cloth and a plastic tarp over that. (left the front open plus a small vent hole in the back so moisture would not accumulate.
    Then we placed it on the back deck next to the sliding door so they could see in, and sometimes when they wanted in for short visits in front of the stove they would paw the window. but most of the time they just wanted to snuggle in the dog house. The Thermo cube started the heating pad when the temperature got to about 36 degrees.

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