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Oregon Humane Society shares tips to help keep pets safe in cold weather

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As freezing temperatures move into the metro area, the Oregon Humane Society is sharing some tips to help keep pets safe and healthy. 

Bring your pets indoors when temperatures reach 30 degrees with or without wind chill. 

If your pets must be kept outside, they need to have a dry, elevated shelter with clean and dry bedding, as well as a flap over the opening to keep out drafts. Another thing to consider is letting your pets stay in the garage, with a soft cushion in the warmest corner for them. 

Check bowls periodically through the day, and make sure drinking water is not frozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal, as your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal when the temperature is low. 

Indoor pets get less exercise in cold months, so you can feed them less. The OHS says you can give outdoor pets more food because they need calories to produce body heat. 

After walks, check your pet’s paws for bleeding and cuts from snow and encrusted ice. Also, wipe your pet’s paws clean. According to the OHS, the chemicals used to melt ice and snow on sidewalks can irritate their paws and can be dangerous if ingested. 

Make sure a cat has not crawled under your car seeking warmth near the engine. You can slap the hood of your car before starting the engine to startle any animal that may be sleeping there. 

A car can act just like a refrigerator in the winter, so never leave your dog or cat alone in the car during cold weather. 

You can find more information on the Oregon Humane Society website.  

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