Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- There is no requirement to keep pets indoors but, Virginia State Code requires that all pets have access to shelter year round. The shelter must have a floor, a roof and sides and this time of year when it is especially cold, you can make some modifications.

"It's a good idea to insulate it extra for the winter,” said Jetta Earhart, a Harrisonburg Animal Control officer. “It may be as simple as putting a flap up for a door, or putting hay bails against the sides for added insulation. A lot of the smaller breed dogs, puppies in particular, are vulnerable to the cold weather, some of the larger Arctic breeds do rather well, and may prefer to stay outside, even those are required to have a dog house."

Earhart said if your dog normally stays indoors, go with it outside. When you get cold bring them back inside.

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