Monday, January 11, 2010

Animals need protection when temperatures drop

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE –Although many pets and livestock grow heavy winter coats and have thick foot padding, they still need human protection when temperatures drop.
Animal specialists at Mississippi State University have tips that pet owners and livestock producers can follow to keep their animals healthy and comfortable in extremely cold weather.
Dogs and cats, particularly those that live inside but often venture outdoors, are vulnerable when weather turns cold. They often need additional food and fresh water to maintain their body heat. Large dogs bred for cold weather, such as huskies and Samoyeds, can tolerate extremely cold temperatures if already acclimated to outside weather. Smaller-sized pets, such as Chihuahuas, cannot.  Read More...