Cold weather safety for you & your pets

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) -Your pet could be freezing cold or have come in contact with poison … and you might not know it!  Lee Chambers from Dakin Humane Society told us more.Cold weather safety for pets:

  • Protect paws/pads for salts or other ice melting products
  • Protect paws/pads from ice/snow build up in between pads, can cut their skin
  • Keep pets indoors and warm
  • Watch their weight
  • Still need exercise
  • Short haired breeds may need a coat/sweater on those very cold days

Cold weather safety tips for Humans:

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The first thing you should do is monitor forecasts and storm impacts.

  • The MEMA website also recommends you to:
  • Make sure you stock your home with an emergency supply kit.
  • Minimize outdoor activities, and check on elderly and those who may need additional assistance.
  • Dress warmly, and wear layers if possible.
  • Watch out for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Make sure you have efficient heating fuel.
  • If using alternative heating methods like a wood stove, take proper precautions and make sure your home is properly ventilated.
  • Also remember not to leave your pets outside for long periods of time.
  • To keep pipes from freezing keep them properly insulated.  Or keep warm water trickling through them.  If they do freeze, there are methods you can use to unfreeze them.

For more tips you can go to the MEMA website here.Are you

 

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