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Prince George's County Animal Shelter Offers Winter Pet Care Tips
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Prince George's County Animal Shelter Offers Winter Pet Care Tips

 

The following information was sent to us by Linda Lowe:

The Prince George’s County Animal Shelter reminds all pet lovers that cold weather isn’t hard on just people; it’s hard on pets as well.

Here are a few tips to give your pets the extra care they need during the cold winter months:

If your dog stays outdoors in cold weather, the law requires you to provide:

-  Dog house of proper size that is dry, draft free and raised off the ground;
   wind flap that is attached to the doghouse to keep cold air out and warm air in; 
-  Bedding that is non-absorbent such as straw or wood shavings to help keep the
   dog warm; and 
-  Drinking water that is not frozen and is in a container secured to prevent tipping.

Some other suggestions for winterizing your pet include:

-  Keep cats, puppies under six months and small or short-haired dogs inside. 
-  Increase the amount of their food; outdoor dogs need more calories in the
   winter to produce body heat. 
-  Ice or chemicals used to melt snow on sidewalks can irritate your pet's paws --
   wipe paws with a wet cloth after an outing.

The Animal Management Division invites all citizens and residents to visit the facility to meet the adoptable animals available at the facility.  To view the animals online, visit www.princegeorgespets4us.com or for more information, contact the Animal Services Facility at (301) 780-7200.

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