Tips on keeping pets warm in cold weather
With cold weather passing through, the Humane Society in Gulfport has some tips to keep your pets warm.
Bianca Janik, director of operations, tells News 25 that it’s a common misconception for people to think pets can handle cold weather since they have a fur coat, but that is far from the truth unless you have a certain breed such as a husky.
As a general rule of thumb, if its 32 degrees or lower, you should bring your pets inside and keep potty breaks to ten to fifteen minutes long.
If, for any reason, you cannot bring your pet inside, Janik suggests straw instead of a blanket for pets. “It is not recommended to put blankets down for them. You are going to want to put straw down. Blankets will collect moisture that is in the air, therefore freezing the animal that is trying to do the exact opposite to keep them warm. Straw is going to be the best way to insulate any enclosures that they are able to be house in the outdoor areas.”
For pets that are inside and still cold, Janik suggests animal sweaters or even human socks to cover their paws.