Consider safety of pets during winter conditions

As the temperature drops and the cold weather continues to set in, pet care professionals are urging pet owners to take precautions when it comes to keeping their animals healthy.

Whether you own an inside or outside dog or cat, there are several things you can do to ensure the safety of your pet.

Christy Herman-Wreede, an assistant at the Auglaize Animal Hospital, said cats and dogs will eat and drink more during the winter, so making sure that they have enough food and water is paramount.

“Make sure that they stay hydrated because they will dehydrate a lot sooner in the cold than they would in warm weather,” she said. “If you keep your pet outdoors, you should check the water bowl more often because it could freeze in the cold.”

Herman-Wreed recommends keeping animals indoors during winter, but if a cat or dog must remain outdoors, owners should make sure they have some sort of shelter to escape the elements. Once a shelter is established, straw or some other type of bedding should be monitored and replaced if it becomes wet.

Although pets should be primarily kept indoors, Herman-Wreede said there is no reason not to let them outside or take them on walks.

For the full story, see the Monday, Dec. 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.