When It’s Cold Outside, Pets Get Cold Too!For immediate release:
1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
For more information, contact:
Linda Lowe, Public Information Officer, Department of the Environment/301-883-5952
Follow these ‘pawtection’ tips to keep your pet safe in cold weather
LARGO, MD – Can’t stand being outside in the cold temperatures? Imagine how your pet feels. When frigid air hits, the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division reminds pet owners that if it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s too cold for your pets and advises owners to keep their animals indoors and to closely monitor their exposure to winter elements. But if your pet must stay outdoors, County law requires you to provide the following protection:
· A dog house of appropriate size that is dry, draft free and elevated off the ground.
· A wind flap attached to the doghouse to keep cold air out and warm air in.
· Non-absorbent bedding like straw or wood shavings to help keep the dog warm.
· Fresh drinking water; routinely check your pet’s drinking water to make sure it is not frozen and use a secured container to prevent tipping.
Other cold weather safety tips pet owners should consider include:
If you’re looking for a dog or cat to keep warm in your home, contact the Animal Services Facility at (301) 780-7200 or visit www.princegeorgespets4us.com.
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