Extremen-Cold-weather-petsArctic air is returning to Marshall County and that means you’ll be bundling up once again. But don’t forget our furry little friends. A lot of people think that pet’s fur keeps them nice and warm in bitter cold weather but in reality, they are just as susceptible to the cold as you and me.

Here are some things to remember to help keep our dogs and cats safe during harsh winter weather.
1. First and foremost in severe cold, limit your pet’s outdoor exposure. Animals can also get frostbite, especially on their feet, ears and tails.
2. If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, remember to give them extra food in the winter.
3. If your pet lives outside frequently check to make sure that they have fresh water and that it hasn’t froze.
4. Salt can be very irritating to the pads on your pet’s feet. If you see that your animal has been walking on salt it’s a good idea to clean their feet when they come back inside.
5. Pet’s kept outside also need a warm and dry place to get out of the elements. Straw is a suggested idea to place in your pets housing rather than old blankets or towels that could become wet and frozen.
6. If you see an animal that is clearly suffering in the elements, contact the owner if possible. If that is not possible then call Marshall County Humane Society at 574-936-8300.

Remember if it’s too cold for you, then it’s too cold for them so please keep your pets safe