Protecting pets from freezing temperatures

Keep your pets protected during freezing temperatures / Claudia Coco (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare wants to keep pets safe during the upcoming freezing temperatures.

Tracey Belew, Interim Shelter Manager, offers some tips on how to keep them out of harm's way.

Belew said pets should have spots in both cooler and warmer areas of the house so they can move around to get comfortable.

Pet owners also should not shave their dogs or cats down because their longer coats will keep them warmer.

If a pet is going on a walk, massage petroleum jelly or paw protectors onto their pads before going outside to protect against salt and chemical agents. Bring a towel along as well to clean off their paws.

Once back inside, wash and dry the pet's feet and stomach to remove ice.

Pets should also be fed a little more during the winter months because they burn extra energy to stay warm. Give them plenty of water to keep them hydrated.

Belew reminds pet owners that if it's too cold for people, it's too cold for pets, so put them indoors. Don't leave them in cars because they act as refrigerators and can freeze animals to death.

If a pet cannot come inside, give them a shelter outside that is off the ground and has plenty of hay or shavings in it. Try to face it away from the wind as well to keep them as warm as possible.

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