When you left for work this morning, chances are, you made sure you had your coat, scarf, and gloves. But did you stop to think what your pet needs to stay warm while you’re gone?
“It’s too cold to have your pet outside, and it also depends on the wind as well because here in Texas, that wind, it’ll cut you in half. So I think that if it’s cold and windy its best to have your pets inside,” Director of the Humane Society of Wichita Falls, Cheryl Miller said.
Miller said that if you don’t have a choice and have to keep your pets outside, make sure they have adequate shelter.
“They want to make sure that they have a dog house that’s appropriate to their size and they also want to put some kind of hay or bedding in there and they also want to make sure that that bedding isn’t wet because that’s not helping the animal at all,” Miller said.
Also, make sure they have plenty of food and water and check to make sure their water hasn’t frozen over, but it’s not just dogs seeking shelter from the cold.
“Those cats do like to get inside the engine of the car because it’s warmer up there so you can easily just walk up and bang on your car hood and let them know, hey you’re there,” Miller said.
Miller said that no matter what, to be mindful of the lower temps and to always remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them.