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Cold Weather A Concern For Some Furry Friends

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     We often talk about the dangers of being out in this kind of cold for too long and the same goes for another member of the family some people forget. Local animal shelters are reminding pet owners about cold weather concerns.

     At the Rock Island County Animal Shelter volunteers still let the dogs go outside to run, but it's for shorter amounts of time and then it's right back inside. If you're dog isn't used to being out in the cold keeping it quick is recommended.

     Unfortunately many pets don't have a choice. While it isn't required by law to bring your pet in from the cold you do have to supply sufficient food and water as well as adequate shelter. "We require it to be enclosed so they can go in, like a dog house would be perfect. So they can go in, be out so the wind doesn't get to them," said Samantha DeYoung, Operations Manager.

     For outside dogs, also make sure the doghouse isn't too big and that there's bedding like straw. Remember to check on them too. With such cold conditions it's best to bring most breeds in so it's good to make space in the basement or garage if you can.