WARNING - WINTER STORM WATCH
REMEMBER YOUR PETS
With freezing temperatures, snow and
strong winds in the forecast, think
about protection your pets. The Suffolk County SPCA recommends
bringing your pets inside during cold winter weather.
Hypothermia can result from extended
exposure to cold and is life-threatening condition.
Be Alert to Frostbite: Skin
can turn red, white or gray and scaly. If you suspect frostbite,
contact your vet immediately.
Be Aware of Exposure Time:
Dogs who are ill, old, very young, or
shorthaired cannot endure prolonged exposure to winter weather.
Take them out only to relieve themselves. Many dogs need
boots in winter weather, regardless of coat length. If your dog
frequently lifts up his paws, whines or stops on his walks, his feet
are uncomfortably cold and may need dog booties for his paws.
Dog House: Dogs left outdoors in
inclement weather must be provided with shelter appropriate to breed,
physical condition and the climate. Minimum standards for
adequate shelter include a permanent structure with a waterproof roof,
structural soundness, and sufficient insulation to protect from the
inclement weather, space to make normal postural movements, freedom
from excessive dirt, trash, or waste, and a clean surrounding area that
does not threaten the well-being.
If you have bunnies who live outside,
make sure they have a warm, dry hutch with plenty of bedding that is
out of the wind. Water is important too as is some extra food.
Cover the hutch with a tarp.
For outdoor pets, make sure your pet has
fresh, non frozen drinking water available.
And remember, clean your pet's feet. Salt can irritate or burn, as well
as causing vomiting and in some pets can even cause seizures.
Antifreeze has a sweet, attractive smell to pets and can be
deadly if ingested.
Remember this is the law and will be
Remember if you feel cold so do your