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It is best to keep pets indoors during the winter months, but if this is not possible, outdoor pets must be provided with shelter. Indoor pets should be kept in a draft-free, warm area with their bed elevated slightly off the floor. During cold weather remember:

  • Shelter should be insulated or heated
  • Shelter should be elevated off the cold ground to prevent moisture accumulation and should have a door of some kind to keep out the wind, sleet, and snow
  • Outdoor pets require extra calories to keep warm - feed your pet according to its needs when the thermometer drops
  • In severely cold or inclement weather, no pet should be kept outside
  • Be sure to remove snow and salt from your pet's paws
  • If your pet exhibits signs of frostbite (skin is red, gray or sloughs off), administer first aid (see First Aid section below for more information)'s quote of the day
"Cats - a standing rebuke to behavioural scientists . . . least human of all creatures."
-Lewis Thomas

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