According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, you should keep your cats and dogs inside when the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit to keep them safe from frostbite and hypothermia. This includes long-haired breeds like huskies.
It is dangerous for your animals to be outdoors during the winter, but if they must they need proper shelter to protect them from the cold. A shelter that is dry, draft-free and large enough for your animal to turn around in is the minimum a pet requires to stay safe in the cold. Also, the water in their water dish must not be allowed to freeze.
Keeping up on your pets grooming is another way to help your animals stay healthy in the cold. Pets with longer coats tend to have issues with salt crystals, snow balls or even de-icing chemicals clinging to their fur. You also want to limit the number of baths you give during the winter months in order to keep your pets’ skin healthy. Washing too often can remove the essential oils your pets need to keep their skin healthy.
Finally try to secure any antifreeze so it is not easily assessed by your pets. Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but has a sweet taste that can attract animals. If you spill antifreeze while using it, it is imperative to clean it up before a pet can lick the liquid.
If you have any more questions about winter pet care you can call the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937-268-7387. If you would like to report animal abuse or neglect in your neighborhood you can call (855)-PETS-911.