Temperatures dropped more than 20-degrees in just a few hours Monday afternoon and wind chill factors were in single digits Tuesday morning. The Nebraska Humane Society’s Pam Wiese says outdoor pets didn’t have a chance to slowly adapt to colder weather so it is important owners take precautions to keep them safe and warm.
Wiese says the best option is to bring your pet indoors. If that isn’t possible she says make sure they have access to some type of shelter so they can get out of the wind. If you have a dog house Wiese says it needs to be winterized. Make sure it has a flap covering the door and it should face away from the wind. The dog house needs to be insulated and straw is a good option. Blankets and other cloth materials get wet and freeze. She recommends the dog house be made of wood as they keep the cold air out much better than plastic kennels.
Wiese says water bowls quickly freeze in this type of weather. She says all owners of outdoor pets need to invest in a water bowl heater.