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Pet Owners Reminded to Bring Pets Inside During Extreme Cold

January 8, 2015

Baby, it is cold outside and extreme cold is still extreme cold even if you have a built in coat.

   Montgomery County Police Animals officer remind citizens to be particularly careful with all pets during periods of extreme cold. Due to the severe weather and below freezing temperatures, residents are required to bring in their pets.

   Section II-C of the regulation states that “a person must not tether a dog under circumstances that endanger its health, safety, or well-being including: unattended tethering of a dog during a weather emergency.”

   All dogs spending a period of time outdoors must have access to water and shelter, to properly protect themselves from the elements. The best advice during periods of extreme weather conditions is to bring pets indoors, according to Montgomery County Police.

   MCPD offers the following tips from veterinarians for cold weather care for dogs:

   • Provide a heated bed and shelter for dogs which cannot come indoors.

   • Avoid letting your dog eat snow – keep fresh room temperature water available at all times.

   • Keep food and water in a place where it will not freeze – preferably inside.

   • A dog’s ears and tail are susceptible to frostbite; check them after a dog has been outside for a long period of time.

   • A dog licking the salt off the bottom of his paws can make him sick, so wipe his paws after he walks through a salted area.

 

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