February 22, 2020

Keep our Furry Friends Warm!

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Dear Editor:

It’s getting cold outside! As the mercury drops, it’s important to make sure our furry friends stay warm in winter months. Too much exposure to dry, cold air and harsh weather like rain, sleet and snow can result in discomfort for pets – including chapped paws and itchy, flaky skin.

If the weather is too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, too. Protect them from cold weather dangers and keep them safe, happy and healthy.

Dress your pet in a sweater or coat when they go outside. This helps retain body heat. Pay extra attention to your pet’s feet during the winter. Snow or ice can become packed between the pads. Wipe your pet’s paws after they come in from the outside and use sand on icy areas. Older animals chill easily, so don’t let them stay long outside.

Watch out for cats, they may curl up inside car engine compartments when cold. Bang on the hood of the car or honk the horn so they can get out.

Please keep your pets inside. Dogs with short hair will suffer the most. Just let them out to go to the bathroom.

If you find and animal in distress, contact your Animal Control Officer or the Police Department. Our pets love us and we need to keep them warm and safe.

Karen Ahern
Rehoboth, MA

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