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Cold weather could threaten pets' lives

Published On: Dec 03 2013 07:51:12 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

As the temperatures fall it’s important to remember your outdoor pets.

The Haven Humane Society animal shelter in Redding recommends bringing your pets indoors for the nights when temperatures or wind chills dip below freezing.

They say that any cold related ailment that can affect humans can hurt an animal.  That includes hypothermia and frostbite.

Experts say that pets with short hair like Chihuahuas, pit bulls or pigs are more susceptible to the cold.

Pets with longer hair, such as huskies or St. Bernards are more hardy, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to the effects of cold.

“Just having your pet out in the back yard is not shelter,” says Mark Storrey, Haven Humane Society CEO. “They need to have some kind of a dog house, a shed, access to the garage, or better yet bring them in the house.”

If you can’t bring your dogs inside Storrey recommends to face the opening of their shelter east.

That will keep the majority of the wind out of the shelter, helping keep your pets a little warmer.

Haven Humane also asks to give your car horn a beep before you drive away in the morning to make sure you don’t drive off with any cats searching for shelter.

Little things like that can save a life.