With heavy snow and sub-zero wind chills to hit the high desert this weekend, Humane Society of Central Oregon Sending out reminders to keep pets safe.

  • Pets are allowed inside.
  • Bring your pet inside when the temperature drops. Also consider the wind chill factor.
  • Dogs and cats can get frostbite on their ears, noses and paws if left outside.
  • Old, young, small and undercoated animals are vulnerable to cold.

A reminder: Oregon has laws that require Adequate shelter and minimal animal care.

Related: List: Central Oregon warming shelters as wind chills drop below zero

If your pet must be kept outside:

  • Provide a dry, elevated dog house with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep out drafts. Heated pet beds available.
  • Make sure the water bowl is not frozen. Hot water bowls are available.
  • Outdoor pets need more calories to generate body heat.
  • Make sure a cat isn’t crawling under your car looking for shelter and warmth near the engine. Tap the hood before starting the engine.
  • Booties allow your dog to walk in the snow and prevent injury from melting ice and snow.
  • Dog jackets and sweaters are more than fashionable, they’ll keep small, senior and single-coated dogs warm.
  • Chemicals used to melt ice and snow can irritate the claws. Buy “pet-safe” snow melters. Wash the paws if the pet has been exposed to chemicals.
  • Keep antifreeze, salt and other household poisons away from pets.
  • Watch your pets heat the stove to prevent burns and dehydration.

Horses, chickens and other livestock also need winter care:

  • Make sure there is a clean, dry bed. Damp bedding can cause infection.
  • Make sure that water does not freeze in the trough.
  • Check the hooves and prepare for winter.

The Humane Society of Central Oregon rents crates for $5 a month to keep pets safe and warm indoors. For more information, call the Humane Society of Central Oregon at 541 382-3537 or visit hsco.org.

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