VT Veterinary Medical Association Offers Tips on Protecting Pets in the Winter

VT Veterinary Medical Association Offers Tips on Protecting Pets in the Winter

The Veterinary Medical Association offers tips on protecting your pets this winter.
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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