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SPCA: Please bring your four-legged friends inside this week

Posted at 10:43 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 22:43:22-05

A natural fur coat only goes so far against hypothermia, frostbite and plain-old chills. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals encouraged Cincinnatians to bring their outdoor pets inside until at least Wednesday morning to protect them from impending below-freezing temperatures.

“If you are unable to do so, then you must provide adequate shelter,” Hamilton County Dog Warden Brandon Corcoran wrote in a news release. “We encourage insulated dog houses, straw for bedding — never to use blankets or sheets that become hard.”

Some more tips for keeping your pet safe when Cincinnati temporarily becomes Antarctica:

  • Limit their time outdoors generally and definitely don’t leave them out for long periods of time.
  • Keep your pet warm and dry, towel- or blow-drying them if they become too wet.
  • A curious cat can knock over a space heater; a dog trying to warm up can accidentally burn herself. Keep these devices out of your pets’ reach.
  • When in doubt, remember: Dogs’ and cats’ normal internal body temperature is only a few degrees higher than a human’s. If you’re too cold, they’re too cold.