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5 B's of Below Zero Weather paw

 

Brrrrrrrr! After the wonderful spring-like 40-degree weekend, it is hard to get used to these negative temperatures! This kind of day makes me glad I can stay inside most of the time (you know I can't resist chasing any rabbit I see through the snow!)

 

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It is nice that my people take extra precautions in keeping me safe in these cold winter conditions. The 5 B's of Below Zero Weather (or any colder weather) may be good guidelines to follow to keep your pet safe too.

 

Building - Good shelter is important, especially for a dog that likes to spend time outside. Although a doghouse may be okay in the warmer months, it may be a good idea to let outside dogs or cats inside a barn, insulated building, or maybe even the house when the temperatures dip really low.

 

Bedding - Dogs like me always know how to give you that "I'll love you if you let me sleep in your bed tonight" kind of look. And cats...well, they just make room in the bed for themselves! Take extra care in bedding your pet in soft, warm bedding that is off the cold floor to keep them extra cozy.

 

Booties (and other pet clothing) - Sometimes pets, especially the hairless and short hair breeds, may need an extra layer when going outside. Bundle up sensitive paws for extra warmth, to protect against salt, or to keep hair between pads from collecting chunks of ice.

 

(Extra) Bites of Food - I get pretty hungry after a romp outside. Not only am I exercising, but I'm also trying harder to keep my body warm. I may need a little bit of extra food to keep me going. But watch food intake for those pets that stay indoors more and exercise less during the winter months. Their diet may be fine just the way it is.

 

Belly rub - Sure I'll take a good belly rub anytime! I always feel especially warm inside when I get a little extra attention.

 

 

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