Keep your pets safe, by bringing them in from cold

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - With continued freezing temperatures, it’s important to always be thinking of your pets, keeping them in doors if you can.

The Humane Society of Parkersburg says they have received several calls about potential neglect to pets in the area being left out in the cold.

They recommend keeping your pets inside, and when you let them out to use the bathroom, only keep them outside until they are done.

If you have to keep your pets outside, monitoring the water is important. At the current temperatures the water will freeze, and they say dogs need as much water in the winter as they do in the summer.

"If you have outside dogs it’s not always a good thing to bring them in where its room temperature if you keep your thermostat set at 68 and you're going to put your dog out tomorrow and he's going to spend the day outside you're better off if you can put him in a garage, in a basement.” says Dan Henderickson.

“Some place where he's in out of the weather where its warmer than the outside temperature but not where he's going to get used that 68 degrees and then tomorrow, boom, he's back out in that 15 degree weather."

Hendrickson says that too much exposure to the cold weather can result in the same kind of problems we humans face in the cold, such as frost bite or hypothermia.

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