Protect the pets during freezing conditions

Big or small, ensure your pets have some level of protection. (Source: WAFF)
Big or small, ensure your pets have some level of protection. (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Animals of all sizes can be susceptible to the harsh effects of freezing temperatures.

If you have a furry friend, follow these tips provided by Huntsville Animal Services  to ensure they have some degree of protection.

· Keep pets inside. Pets that normally live outdoors should have draft-free shelter to protect them from the wind and rain. Insulated shelter is preferable, or place pets in the garage during freezing temperatures.

· Pets need more food during cold periods of the year. Assure pets have fresh water in plastic bowls, not metal. The dog or cat's tongue can stick to metal in very cold temperatures.

· Anti-freeze is a deadly poison to pets and children. Assure any spillage is cleaned up so pets do not lick it up.

· After your pet has been outdoors for their routine walk, wipe their paws so that the salt and chemicals used to melt snow and ice do not irritate their pads.

· Assure horses and other livestock have access to a barn or three-sided run-in for shelter from the wind and rain. They should have fresh water, not frozen.

· Blanket horses, especially horses that have been shaved, during extreme cold weather.

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