HSCO offers cold-weather tips for pets

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

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