Wind chill factors could dip to the 40 degree below zero mark Sunday night and temperatures won’t break above zero. Nebraska Humane Society spokesperson Pam Wiese says if it is too cold for you outside it is too cold for your pet.
Wiese says, “Older pets and little guys should come in when temperatures dip below 40. At 20 degrees everybody should come in. We are going to be well below that so if at all possible get your dogs and cats inside. Even if you can’t take them into your house get them where they have some insulation and a wind break. That is the key thing.”
Wiese says some dogs stay outside all the time and they should have a wooden dog house that is insulated and has a flap over the door to block the wind. The floor should also be layered with straw as extra waterproof insulation. Outdoor dogs and cats must have access to fresh water and keeping it from freezing will be a challenge. It is also important to that outdoor cats have access to a building to help protect them from the cold and the bitter wind.
Wiese says when it comes to taking your dog outside for bathroom breaks go with them. She says, “If you have little itty-bitties, older animals or really young pups, stay with them. It could be two minutes and their little feet freeze and they fall over and can’t get up. Monitor guys that are outside that or old or have chronic illnesses.”
There are some dogs like Huskies, Malamutes, Samoyeds, Elkhounds or other Nordic breeds that enjoy the cold weather. Wiese says enjoy bitter cold weather and are built to handle it but it is still a good idea to monitor them often to make sure they are okay. All other dogs must me monitored closely.