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Is Jack Frost Nipping At Fido's Nose?

 

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Last, but certainly not least, do not forget to check in on your pet several times a day to monitor her health and well-being. If you find that your pet is shivering, look for signs of frostbite on the ear tips, foot pads and tail. Also, be watchful for lethargy, which can occur after hypothermia has already had an effect on the body.

 

Both frostbite and hypothermia can quickly become fatal. In some cases, the animal may survive, but will lose the part of the body that suffered permanent tissue damage form the freezing (frostbite).

 

Finally, if you are a witness to an animal that is being kept out of doors, and it appears that the animal has not been provided with adequate shelter, bedding or food, report the address to your local humane society so the animal can be helped. Leaving an animal exposed to extreme cold (or heat, for that matter) is cruel. Reports can be made anonymously, so you should never be afraid to speak up against animal cruelty in your community.

 

Image: Andrew Morrell / via Flickr

 

 

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  • Dogs outside
    12/24/2010 12:46pm

    My husband and I volunteered last weekend for Hay Day in Nashville.It is a small group of people that get hay (or straw)and blankets and deliver them to outdoor dogs.We drive around and look for dogs in need.The people in the community are surprisingly receptive and we also give them cold weather tips for their pups.A small group of us made the difference in the lives of quite a few dogs.


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