Cold weather is here! Remember our four-legged friends depend on us. Think how you would feel outdoors in this weather 24-7, even with a coat on. Our pets are no different. Here are some tips I hope you find helpful.
* Make certain to provide proper shelter. If you can't keep your dog indoors during winter months, provide an elevated structure with a door to protect pets from wind and weather. Make sure your dog's house is large enough for him to stand up and turn around in, but small enough to retain his body heat. * Provide dry, clean bedding materials such as straw or blankets and replace bedding if it becomes damp or wet. If your dog sleeps indoors provide him with a warm sleeping area away from drafts.
* Be careful around bodies of water. Keep pets away from rivers, ponds and lakes as they begin to freeze. Continue to use caution even when the water appears to be completely frozen.
* Keep the hair around paw pads trimmed. Less hair will help keep paws free of ice and snow which can quickly ball up between the pads and become very uncomfortable for your pet. Check the paw pads for small cuts and cracks. If needed, provide your dog with boots when walking in ice and snow, especially if he's reacted to snow-removal products in the past. Make sure to clean your dogs paws after walks to remove salt and snow-removal chemicals which can be toxic to dogs.
* Check your dog's ears, tail and feet for frostbite. Frostbitten skin may appear red or gray. If you suspect frostbite, wrap your dog's feet in a blanket or towel to gradually warm them and contact your veterinarian.
* Make sure you are providing the proper type and amount of food for your dog. Dogs that are housed outside and those that participate in strenuous outdoor activities may need extra food during colder weather.
* Provide adequate fresh, unfrozen water. You may want to invest in a heated water bowl if your dog lives outside.
* Dressed to the K9's: Pets will shiver in response to being chilled. You may need to buy a sweater or a coat for your dog, especially if he is a short-haired breed.
* Young and old dogs are more susceptible to the effects of the cold. Keep puppies and older dogs indoors except for short periods of time.
* Clean up antifreeze spills immediately. Many dogs like the sweet smell and taste and even very small amounts can be lethal. Consider using an animal-friendly anti-freeze!
* Don't keep your dog outside in all weather conditions. If the temperature dips too far below freezing it's too cold for any dog, even those used to being outside.
* Don't leave pets alone in cars during cold weather. With the engine off a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold.
(Source: Jeffers Pets)
A new year is almost here. Enrich your life by making a difference in a shelter pet's life in 2013. There are many ways you can help. You can socialize pets, walk dogs, play with puppies and kittens, give pets a bath and brush them to make them more adoptable, hand out treats and toys, and any other way you want to help. Better yet, foster a pet for a two-week period or longer. Call or stop by the shelter office for details.
If you can't volunteer or foster, please donate. We depend on your donations to keep our doors open and things running smoothly. We need dog blankets, bath towels, no-tears pet shampoo, sweaters for our small dogs and puppies, good-quality dog and puppy food, cat and kitten food, plus formula for both and pet bottles. The pets appreciate treats and toys, also. Please, no small toys because the dogs will choke. Also no bead eyes/noses, scarves, beanie babies, etc. Medium- and large-size stuffed animals/toys are needed. The babies love to cuddle with a soft, stuffed animal. Since we had a mild winter, fleas are very bad this year and we need Adams' Flea Mist for dogs/puppies and cats/kittens. We also need paper towels, office supplies, hand sanitizer, etc. We ask visitors use hand sanitizer before and after they touch pets. We make every effort to keep our pets disease free. As soon as pets arrive at the shelter, they are given their first round of shots if they are old enough.
This is your last opportunity to make a tax deductible donation before the end of the year. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your tax-deductible donation to our shelter stays in Dyer County will only help Dyersburg/Dyer County homeless animals. Our shelter doesn't receive any help from national organizations such as ASPCA, PETA, or HSUS. We have been helping homeless pets for over 30 years. Specify who your donation is to with complete address where notification or acknowledgment should be sent and your complete address. We will do the rest. Categories are: The Beagley Fund (heartworm treatment for shelter pets only), General Fund, Champ Lewis Fund (monetary pet adoption assistance), Save a Life Makeover (professionally clip and groom to make a pet more adoptable), Honorariums and Memorials. Please mail your tax-deductible check to the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 223, Dyersburg, TN 38025-0223. Thank you for helping the animals.
Shelter hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. The shelter is closed to the public on Sunday. We are located at 1120 E. Court St. and phone number is 285-4889.