Protect those who can’t protect themselves

Published 3:12 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2007

By Staff
Protect those you can't protect themselves
We have probably all searched until we have found our gloves, scarves and hats from last winter, or purchased new ones. The ice scraper and brush has also been located.
Along with preparing ourselves for the cold winter wind, ice and snow, we need to make sure we don't take for granted our animals which live out in the weather every day.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds animal owners to plan for severe winter hazards.
It is important that both our outdoor pets and our livestock have shelter and also a supply of food and water – that isn't frozen. Keeping their body temperature up may also take more food than is offered in warmer weather.
Shelter to escape the wind and snow, should have a dry area, free from drafts.
Animals such as cats and dogs, which are normally indoor pets, shouldn't be expected to be left outside for long periods of time. Their bodies may not be able to adjust.
Also, beware of chemicals you may spread on the steps or driveway. Some de-icing chemicals may irritate their paws, or the sweet taste may attract them to consume toxic materials.
For further information on how to protect your animals this winter, visit MDA's Web site at