Protecting Your Pets During the Winter and Holidays

Even though the weather has been mild so far this winter, it’s still important to make sure your furry family members are kept safe and warm.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, each year they see an increase the number of complaints about animals left outside without food or shelter.

Jessica Ostendorf, the veterinary technology program chair at Minnesota School of Business – St. Cloud, offers some valuable advice for pet owners on everything from cold weather to seasonal hazards.

She says pets are sensitive to the severe cold and are still at risk of frostbite and hypothermia despite all of their fur. She says their nose, ears, paw pads and tails can freeze quickly, causing permanent damage.

For pet owners who can, she advises keeping their four-legged friends inside. If your pet seems anxious and can tolerate the cold, take them out often for walks and exercise. If your pets are spending a lot of time outdoors, it’s importation to offer them a warm place to seek shelter and provide them with plenty of food and water during the frigid months of winter.

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