‘That’s life-threatening’: how to keep pets safe amid the cold weather

MONROE, La. (KNOE)- With winter temperatures closing in on the Ark-La-Miss, it’s important to remember that the cold weather isn’t safe for pets.

The Humane Society and Adoption Center of Monroe recommend bringing in pets during the cold overnight temperatures. Source: (KNOE)

“It’s supposed to be down to a low of 21 and that’s life-threatening especially for a dog this size even for a medium-sized dog at 21 degrees the dog can freeze to death,” said Terri Matthews from the Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe.

Their shelter houses animals indoors and outdoors. For the larger breeds outdoors they have heat lamps and extra blankets in their kennels.

Matthews says if bringing your pet inside isn’t an option, you can add hay or straw to their house to keep them warm.

Being outside in the cold also causes pets to drop calories, Matthews says to feed the dogs more often to keep their weight up.

“Make sure you’re checking your dog’s water because it can freeze over really quickly and then they have no water to drink,” Matthews said.

Matthews says that even if the temperatures don’t drop below freezing, it’s still going to be uncomfortable for the pets outdoors and it’s best to bring them in if you can.

“It’s definitely going to be a miserable night even if they don’t have to lay there shiver and be that cold,” Matthews said.

The Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe is currently collecting blankets, sweaters, heating pads and other items.

If you are interested in donating items or fostering a pet, click here.