Pet Safety in Frigid Weather

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- PETSInc. of West Columbia is offering pine straw to keep your pet warm. They will be giving away one bale per family between 6:30 p.m. - 8: 00 p.m. Monday night.

Also, Columbia Animal Services is offering tips to help you keep your pets safe during Monday's frigid temperatures.

Some of the tips include:
Shelter – If at all possible, bring all pets indoors. If this is not possible, shelter should protect the animal from the elements and include plenty of bedding that the animal can burrow into if needed.

Food – Pets burn more energy to stay warm. Make sure your pet is getting a little extra food during colder months to accommodate for this.

Water – Check your pet’s water frequently to make sure it hasn’t frozen. Do not use metal bowls or buckets for water when it’s cold. Their tongues can stick to the metal. Use plastic or some other material.

Cars – Cats and other small mammals will sometimes crawl up under the hoods of cars to get out of the elements or for the warmth of a recently run motor. Be sure to beat on the hood or blow the horn of your car before starting it to scare possible animals away.

- Also be mindful of coolant and antifreeze. These taste sweet to animals but can be deadly a poison for them.

Walking – If salt or other chemicals have been used to melt ice, be sure to clean them off your pet’s paws. They can harm them. Also, just because your pet has a fur coat of its own, it may not be enough to protect it from the cold. Putting a sweater on your pet might be a good idea.

Animal Services says, the best tip to consider is to keep your pet inside and with you as much as possible during any extreme weather to make sure they are safe.

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