BEND, Ore. - As frigid, below-freezing temperatures and snow hit Central Oregon, the Humane Society of Central Oregon would like to remind people to provide extra care for their pets.
• Pets are best kept inside.
• Bring your pet inside when the temperatures drop, also consider the wind-chill factor.
• Dogs and cats can get frost bitten ears, nose, and feet if left outside.
• Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate paws. Buy “pet safe” ice melters. Wash off paws if pets have walked through chemicals.
• If your pet must be kept outside:
-Provide a dry, elevated dog house with clean dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out. Heated pet beds are available.
-Make sure the water bowl does not freeze. Heated water bowls are available.
-Outdoor pets need more calories to produce body heat.
• Make sure a cat has not crawled under your car seeking shelter and warmth near the engine. Tap on hood before starting the engine.
• Booties allow your dog to walk in the snow and prevent injury from ice.
• Dog jackets and sweaters are more than fashion, they will keep small, senior and single coated dogs warm.
• Keep antifreeze, salt and other household poisons away from pets.
• Watch your pet around heating stoves to prevent burns and dehydration.
• Horses, chickens and other livestock need winter care too:
-Make sure there is clean, dry bedding. Moist bedding can cause infection.
-Make sure water in trough does not freeze.
-Have hooves checked and prepared for winter.
Protect your pets with preventative care. For more information call the Humane Society of Central Oregon at 541 382-3537 or visit hsco.org.