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Monterey County Animal Services



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Pet Preparedness During Winter Storms

As winter storms threaten, the County of Monterey’s Animal Services would like to make sure pet and animal owners are ready for whatever the weather brings. If you or a loved one is bracing for the storm, take heed of the following reminders for pet parents.

Bring Pets indoors if possible, during cold, rainy weather.

  • Move other animals like livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to clean, non-frozen drinking water.
  • If pets must stay outside, make sure they have access to food, water and shelter. Make sure access is not blocked by mud, standing water, ice or other obstacles.
  • Be ready to protect your pets from very strong wind and cold rain or icy conditions.
  • Shelter for pets should be a dry, draft-free enclosure that is large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Turn the enclosure, like a dog house, away from wind and cover the door way in such a way to prevent rain from entering but still allowing use of the doorway. Raising the floor off the ground by a few inches can also help keep your pet warm and dry.
  • Dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside during winter months. Longer-haired and thick coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.
  • With snow and rain, it’s best to bundle up and wipe down your pet; no matter what the temperature is, wind-chill can threaten a pet’s life. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold weather. For this reason, short-haired dogs often feel more comfortable wearing a sweater, even during short walks.

Stock up ahead of time on all pet food and medicine your animals may need for a couple or several days—travel may be much more difficult or impossible in the event of bad storm.

  • Prepare for a power outage, especially if your family includes fish, reptiles or pocket pets.
  • Make sure your pets wear identification at all times such as a dog license, microchip or pet I.D. tag to dramatically increase your chances of reunification should one become lost.
  • Keep your dog on a leash during heavy rain if you are out and about with them. Dogs are much more likely to get lost during winter, especially during and after a heavy rain fall with high winds.

For more cold weather tips or to find out what to do if your pet goes missing, check out the following websites:

Find your pet: www.mtyhd.org/monterey-county-animal-services

Cold Weather Tips: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/cold-weather-safety-tips

10 Tips to Help Your Pet Weather the Cold This Winter: healthypets.mercola.com

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