Extremely dangerous weather conditions are headed to our area beginning tonight and will last through next week. These conditions are dangerous for any human as frost bite can occur if your skin is exposed to the weather, within as little as 10 minutes.
If it is too cold outside for you, it is more than likely to cold outside for your pet’s. Please limit your pet’s exposure to the bitter cold temperatures too.
We have been notified that the Branch County Humane Society was given straw by a rescue named Bloom. If any outside animals need straw it is at the Humane Society which is located at 969 Wildwood Rd Quincy. It is FREE. Please take what you need, but also be courteous to others that may be in need too.
The following is from AVMF (American Veterinary Medical Foundation):
“Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet’s temperature limits, consult your veterinarian”
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