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Pet Owners encouraged to take extra precautions with Pets during Extremely Cold Weather

Mon 2-8-2021 607 28th St, Milford, IA

(Milford)-Pet Owners are encouraged to take extra care during the cold weather, KUOO's Becky Thoreson has the first of a two part series on Pet Safety:

Pet Owners encouraged to take extra precautions with Pets during Extremely Cold Weather 

Pet Experts are urging Pet Owners to take extra precautions with pets during the extremely cold weather.

Travis Hayenga, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa says, it's important to know your pet's limitations.  "With it being as cold as it is, I mean, probably the biggest thing is that you know your animal.  What I mean by that is, if your dog is long-haired, short-haired, you've got to know a little bit about the breed and what their limits would be, especially when we get down into the lower temperatures."

He adds that it's best to bring outdoor pets inside or provide extra insulation.  "The best thing is to find a way to bring them in so that they're in a nice, heated area.   Kind of the rule of thumb is, you know, if it's freezing out, bring them in.  What I mean by freezing is the actual temperature.  Anything 32 or below, it's really good to get them inside and make sure that they're in a nice safe space.  So, heated houses for dogs, same goes for cats.  You can easily make an insulated hut out of something as simple as a plastic tote or a lot of people use those igloos."

In part two of our series, we'll hear more about how to take care of paws, and why it's important to check under your hood during the cold weather.

Listen to the full interview:

Interview with Travis Hayenga regarding pet safety in cold weather 

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