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TIPS FOR KEEPING PETS SAFE IN EXTREME COLD WEATHER
January 5, 2010 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode
Mazey, says, "Baby, it's cold outside..."
I'd like to thank Petfinder.com for providing the following reminders:
As frigid temperatures sweep over many parts of the country, it is critical for pet parents to take the appropriate measures in keeping their pets warm and safe. Below are some tips from Petfinder.com, the largest online database of adoptable pets and the No. 1 pet-related site on the Web.
• After a walk, remove any ice or snow from your pet’s paws and towel him / her off to avoid a chill.
• Make sure your pet has plenty of high-quality protein if he / she is outside - staying warm burns more calories.
• Always give the hood of your car a sharp knock before starting the engine. Cats and other small animals sometimes climb up under the hood of a car to get warm. The noise will wake them up and give them time to escape.
• Never leave your pet in a car in cold weather. Your car is like a refrigerator and may cause hypothermia.
• Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep.
• Never use metal water bowls outside. When it is cold, your pet’s tongue may stick to the metal. Check water frequently to ensure it has not frozen.
• Save that shaved look for warm weather. A dog can use a bit of a fur coat when temperatures dip.
I refer to Petfinder.com all the time for pet tips and information about my fur kids.
In addition to being a great resource of information, Petfinder.com is an online, searchable database of animals that need permanent homes. A directory of over 12,900 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the USA, Canada and Mexico, the organization’s technology helps visitors search adoptable pets in their areas that fit their family’s individual needs and preferences. In addition, Petfinder.com also offers a wealth of information about how to select a family pet and how to raise and care for an animal. The Web site is free to use. Animal shelters and placement groups can register to join Petfinder.com online and can start entering pets the same day. Petfinder.com was named one of TIME magazine’s 50 Best Web Sites of 2008.