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Protect Your Pet During Winter Storm

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A snowy Nor’easter is expected to hit beginning tonight through Thursday morning with an expected accumulation of 6 to 9 inches of snow. Wind gusts are expected to be between 15-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

Adverse weather conditions require action from pet owners.

Cold weather can be as dangerous for pets, as it is for humans.  Pets have a more difficult time regulating their body temperatures and may be more susceptible to problems from extreme temperatures.

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather.

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Keep your pets indoors during this storm.  Harsh weather can affect pets as much as their owners.

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 coldand may need dog booties for his paws. 

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.   A snow storm is not place for your pet! 

In Suffolk County,  you cannot tether, leash, secure, tie, pen or confine a dog outside when the temperature is below 32° Fahrenheit or if the National Weather Service has issued a wind child advisory, watch or warning. 

Remember this is the law and will be enforced! If you feel cold so does your pet.

The Suffolk County SPCA recommends keeping your pets inside.

Be careful with cats.  Warm engines in parked cars can attract cats who may crawl under the hood.  Bang on the hood before starting the car to scare them away.

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.  

“Protecting Suffolk County’s animals is the only job we do!”


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