As the temperatures continue to drop over the next few days, the Hannibal Police Department reminds pet owners about the dangers of cold weather.
If it’s too cold for you to spend much time outside, then it’s probably too cold for your cats and dogs.
Frosty weather can be dangerous for pets, particularly smaller dogs or ones with lighter fur.
Keeping animals inside during extreme weather is the best option.
Dr. Bob Reich at Animal Medical Clinic also cautions icy snow on your pet’s feet.
“Most of our snow has gotten crust on it from the rain we had and you break through that crust–that’s sharp. I have seen some cut feet just from breaking through the crusty snow,” Dr. Reich said.
If your pet has an outdoor shelter, the floor of the shelter should be off of the ground.
Bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment.
The door of the shelter should be positioned away wind.