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Keeping Four-Legged Friends Warm This Winter

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The wintry conditions are hard on humans, but it can just as hard on our four-legged friends.

"Bring the cats and dogs in," said Merle Wolfgang, the Chief Investigating Officer at the Humane Society of NWPA. "There's no reason you can't find a place from them inside the house to keep them out of these elements. It's much too cold for them to be outside."
 
Wolfgang said that it's Pennsylvania state law that outdoors animals must have access to shelter. She recommends bringing dogs inside during the nights where temperatures dip this low. If you can't, however, she said you better have a place for dogs to go that has a flap to keep out the wind, and plenty of straw and hay, not blankets, to keep  them warm.

"A blanket, if it gets wet, it's made of material that's going to freeze. Then the dog has a giant ice cube. It doesn't thaw out. That's why we recommend straw and hay." 

Wolfgang also said water is just as important in the winter as it is in summer. The snow won't cut it. It  can actually make the animals core temperatures even colder.

Older and very young animals, along with the sick and injured, are even more at risk.

"It really comes back common sense. If you don't want to be out in the cold, you probably should bring these guys in."

Livestock also need shelter from the elements. Wolfgang said they need a type of run in barn, something that breaks the wind and keeps the rain and snow off them.
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