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The Humane Society of the United States urges pet owners to take extra precautions this winter to ensure the safety of their companion animals. This will be especially true during the bitter cold forecasted for Monday and Tuesday.

Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months by following these simple guidelines.


  • Don’t leave dogs outdoors when the temperature drops. Most dogs, and all cats, are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young, or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks.
  • No matter what the temperature, windchill can threaten a pet’s life. A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If your dog is an outdoor dog, however, he/she must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat.


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Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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