That push into the 30s on Friday was just winter taking a quick break before it tightens its frigid grip again. Don’t forget to help your pets deal with the next round.
The Nebraska Humane Society says that for pups and older dogs, we really need to monitor how they operate in the cold. In many cases our pets will want to come inside almost as soon as they go out.
How they tolerate the cold depends on their age, health and coat.
The Humane Society’s Pam Wiese said, “The Nordic breeds that are either dual-coated or even have triple coats like Malamutes and Huskies, those guys can spend more time outside and be comfortable. Chihuahuas that have very little body fat and no hair, boy, they're going to want to be coming in as soon as they go outside and do their business. So, hard and fast rules are kind of, bring ‘em all inside for extended periods. Let them go out to potty and monitor them when they’re out there.”
The Nebraska Humane Society also suggests using a heated water dish outside. You put water in it, plug it in and it won't freeze.