Keep Your Pets Warm and Healthy This Winter

As temperatures drop throughout Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville Humane Society is reminding owners to keep pets warm, especially animals that live outside.

FACTS AND TIPS:

  • People should remember that even though animals have fur, they are quite susceptible to the cold.
  • Animals must have adequate shelter from cold, wind and moisture during the winter.
  • Low temperatures can increase a pet’s risk of infectious diseases, so it is extremely important to bring your pet inside or shelter them in a well-built doghouse, tool shed or garage.
  • Insulate your pet’s shelter with deeply bedded straw or blankets.
  • Make sure your animal has fresh water at all times and that the water does not freeze.
  • Pets may need additional food to sustain their body temperature when it is cold. Check with your veterinarian to decide if your animal needs additional food during cold weather.