Keep Your Animals Safe This Winter
I don't think I need to be the one to tell you, but it's freezing outside.
The National Weather Service reports that the Hudson Valley is under a Wind Chill Advisory until 6pm. Today's high around the Valley is a whopping 11 degrees, while tonight the temperatures will drop somewhere near -5.
With the wind chill advisory it could feel like -10 degrees and lower.
Just thinking about it makes me shiver.
While it's important for us to keep our best interest in mind while going outside, we also need to take care of our furry friends.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation, or AVMF, shared a few ways to keep your pets safe during the winter months.
AVMF suggests taking your pet in for a wellness exam before the cold weather hits. Issues like arthritis can flare up during the colder months.
One obvious step is to keep your pets indoors. Some people believe that cats and dogs are able to stay in the cold longer because of their fur, however that has proven to be false. AVMF says "Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside"
When walking your pet in the winter months make sure to check their paws for cracks and ice balls that may make it uncomfortable for them to walk.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has more details on keeping your pets as well as livestock available on their official website.