Friday, January 12, 2024 - Sequoyah Animal Advocates takes proactive measures to ensure the well-being of pets during the incoming winter weather
Preparations are underway as winter weather approaches, and one local agency is reminding residents to keep a close eye on their furry friends.
Sequoyah Animal Advocates Inc., veterinarian Paula Haraway has a passion for animals and is dedicated to animal welfare, especially during harsh weather conditions.
Tolerance for cold temperatures varies among different animal species, breeds, and individual animals. Factors such as fur thickness, body fat, and acclimatization all play a role in determining an animal's ability to handle cold weather.
Haraway said, "First, remember that water is vital! Small bowls of water can quickly freeze, leaving pets with no access to fresh, unfrozen water. Checking water bowls frequently is extremely important during the winter months to keep from dehydration.”
In addition, animals should have appropriate shelter located in a warm and dry place. Make sure they have plenty of bedding, towels, blankets, or cedar shavings so they can bed down out of the cold.
Another tip for warmth is allowing pets to stay indoors or in the garage. Pet owners can also provide an extra serving of food during the winter months. “As animals digest food, it produces heat; therefore, extra food equals extra warmth,” Haraway added.
Caution also needs to be used when winter-proofing vehicles. Haraway stated, “Antifreeze can be deadly to pets. It has a sweet taste when consumed, which is an attractant to animals. Be sure to quickly clean up any spills and keep the toxic fluid stored away safely.”
Another important tip is to watch for signs of hypothermia. Signs of hypothermia include extreme shivering, lethargy, or weakness. “If signs of hypothermia occur, pet owners need to bring their pets indoors and cover them with blankets or other means of heating,” Haraway added.
If you know of an animal going without or if you are unable to meet the needs of your pet, you can message Sequoyah Animal Advocates on Facebook, and the organization will assist in helping you meet these needs.
Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer
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