2009-01-22 / Front Page

Keep Pets Warm As Temps Drop

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The Bedford County Humane Society is reminding local residents that as winter temperatures continue to plummet, extra care should be given to pets kept outdoors.

According to Humane Society representative Alysia Tozer, dogs and cats should be brought indoors when temperatures drop below freezing. If bringing your pets indoors is not a possibility, Tozer indicated straw bedding should be provided to help animals maintain their body heat.

"A dog box should be large enough for a dog to stand up and turn around inside but not so big the dog cannot maintain its own body heat," concluded Tozer. "In addition, blankets are not good bedding material for dogs as they get wet and do not help the animal stay warm."

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