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Helping Your Animals Survive the Cold Winter

WFFT's Brooke Welch has been providing tips on how to have a safe and healthy winter. She spoke with a local veterinarian about how your animals can survive the cold.
"They could actually freeze to death, it does happen." - Dr. Herman

WFFT's Brooke Welch has been providing tips on how to have a safe and healthy winter.  She spoke with a local veterinarian about how your animals can survive the cold.

With temperatures continuing to drop, this weather is not only affecting humans but also man's best friend.

"They could actually freeze to death, it does happen." says Dr. Herman, a veterinarian at Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital.

"I would highly recommend providing shelter for them.  Just because they have a fur coat, it's kind of like equating that to just us walking around outside in a sweatshirt."

Dr. Herman says smaller dog breeds, should be bundled up to go outside in cold temperatures.

"Dogs like that have very little body fat, and so their skin is also very frail.  So doing things like putting little booties on their feet, they do make dog clothes, so dog boots, dog coats."

While many people can ring their outdoor dogs into a heated home, how do farmers handle the cold?

Eric and Jenny Neuschwanger have over 100 steers, and keeping them safe during the winter is a time consuming job.

"It's usually around 4:00 in the morning, I get up, I'll check them. In the evenings, about everyday, you have to put fresh bedding down."

Both agree, that after a shelter, straw is an important factor in keeping an outdoor animals warm.


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