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Keep Your Pets Out Of Elements

Reported: Jan. 6, 2014 2:49 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 7, 2014 11:57 AM EST
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People are not the only ones susceptible to the elements. Pets can also suffer from frostbite and hypothermia.

"The temperature's only supposed to be like this a couple of days, so if you can, bring them inside. If there's a reason that you can't get it inside, turn their doghouses away from the wind," said Scott Iseli, assistant director at the Cabell-Wayne animal shelter.

Also, keep them packed full of dry straw or cedar chips.

Even though the animal shelter has covered areas with plenty of straw for outside animals, staff members aren't taking chances.

"This morning, we've taken all the steps and brought all our dogs inside," Iseli said.

Most animals will have to be let outside periodically, but even short intervals can be dangerous. Canine coats can add a layer of protection. James Hanshaw works at the Pet Palace, beside Hibachi on Fourth Avenue in Huntington. He said the coats are especially good for dogs with short hair. He said the belly area needs covered.

"You want to make sure that's protected as much as possible," he said.

Clean off areas that can pick up salt or de-icer with a warm, wet washcloth.

"Make sure that you're cleaning the paws off and then drying them," Hanshaw said.

While you're taking care of your pets, keep an eye out for those who aren't.

"Call down here to the shelter if you see any animal outside and you feel that it's in danger due to the weather, if you see no food or water," Iseli said.

Again, it's best to bring outside animals in, but if you can't do that at your home, think about boarding them a night or two somewhere like the Pet Palace.



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