Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Weathering the Cold

It's been bitterly cold outside the last couple of days - highs in the 20s, lows in the 10s - and that's not counting windchill. We've been spending most of our times indoors as a result and this has led to Andy having a touch of cabin fever. He's ratcheted up his harassment of his brothers a couple of notches and he's been extra needy. When we do go outside he usually wants to linger in the cold, mostly just to chomp on sticks.

I wore double layers every time I took Andy outside today, a sweatshirt topped with a jacket, and I was still cold. Makes me wonder what the cold feels like for the pup. I know he has a built in fur coat and a slightly higher body temperature than a human, but he also has a very fleshy, nearly fur-less tummy. Should I get him some sort of a full-body onesy to wear outside? Haha! Seriously though, as long as the temps stay as low as they have, we'll be staying indoors for the most part. 

Here are some cold weather tips for cats and dogs from the ASPCA you may find useful. Most of the tips are common sense, like keeping your cat indoors when it gets too cold, never letting your dog off leash in the snow or on ice, and avoiding anti-freeze. Other tips folks may not think about, including making sure your dog is completely dry after a bath before heading outside. Let's all do what we can to keep our furry friends safe and warm this winter!  

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