MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Veterinary Medical Association offers these tips on protecting your pets this winter:
- If temperature drop below 20 degrees F, you should bring your pet inside.
- Puppies kittens, and short haired pets should not be left outside if the temperature goes below 40 degrees.
- If left outside, pets should have a shelter. The shelter should be above the ground and have a least 3 enclosed sides. Smaller shelters provide better protection against the cold because they warm up quicker. Place lots of straw and bedding to keep your pet warm.
- Check under cars and car hoods for cats. Cats like to hid under hoods to keep warm.
- Keep dogs on a leash so they don't wander and explore frozen lakes and fall into frigid waters.
- Monitor pets inside around heating sources like fireplaces, stoves, space heaters.
- Keep an eye on pets, especially cats, as they tend to knock over candles.
Contact your vet for any questions regarding your pet.
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