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Taking Care Of Your Pets During Winter Weather

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We're forecasting some very chilly conditions and even though my friend AnnaBelle the dog  may come in with a fur coat built in, we definitely still need to take care of our pets at it gets colder.

"Anytime the temperatures drop below 32 degrees, we'd like to see you try to bring your pets inside if possible.  That's always the best option.  It's nice and warm and provides them bedding and fresh water inside," said Lynn Formell, Director of the Great Falls Animal Shelter.

It's not always possible to bring a pet inside, and if that's the case, then you need to set up your animal with a warm outdoor shelter.

"Please provide them adequate housing, whether it's a heated dog house, extra bedding, angle the dog house so that the wind's not blowing into the opening.  Make sure you shovel the snow out around their areas so they can actually get in and out of the dog house without stepping in snow," said Formell.

While you may be tempted to put this off, conditions are about to be very cold, and it could take a serious toll on your pet's health.

"First they could just get cold, especially your older pets that get colder a lot quicker.  It doesn't take much time for pads, their paw pads, to frostbite and they can get infections from the frostbite and the painfulness.  The ears also frostbite.  We see a lot of cats and a lot of dogs throughout the year that have what looks like scar tissue around their ears , which is 9 times out of 10 a good frostbite that has happened," said Formell.

So keep your furry friend in mind during the winter and help them stay warm.

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