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Campbell County, KY Office of Emergency Management
Friday January 29th, 2010 :: 12:26 p.m. EST

Advisory

As our temperatures dip into the single digits this weekend keep in mind that cold weather can be hard on pets.

As our temperatures dip into the single digits this weekend keep in mind that cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. Sometimes owners forget that their pets are just as accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors as they are.

Some pets are better suited than others for living outdoors. There is a common misconception that dogs will be "fine" if left outside. But all pets need adequate shelter from the elements and insulation against cold weather. Pets should not be left outside for long periods in freezing weather - like humans, they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. The young and the older pets are most at risk.

Breeds, such as Huskies and Samoyeds are better suited to very cold weather, but the majority of dogs and need your help and intervention. Indoor accommodations are best during extreme temperature drops, but if that is not possible, set up a suitable shelter in an area protected from wind, rain, and snow. Insulation, such as straw or blankets will help keep in body heat. Caution - do not use a heat lamp, space heater, or other device not approved for use with animals. This is a burn hazard for your pet and a fire hazard.

Fresh water is a must at all times! Pets are not able to get enough water from licking ice or eating snow. A heated dish is a wonderful item for cold climates. The water stays cold, but doesn't freeze. It’s also important to remember that outdoor pets require additional food for energy and maintaining body heat in harsh climates.


Address/Location
Campbell County, KY Office of Emergency Management
8774 Constable Dr
Alexandria, KY 41001

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 859-635-1111

William R. Turner
EMA
eoc@campbellcountyky.org
859-635-1111

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