Michigan Humane Society Gives Winter Care Tips for Pets

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Winter Care Tips
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Margaret Ann Dimond teaches at Michigan State University, where she serves as an assistant professor and provides instruction in areas such as organizational and nonprofit administration. Outside of her academic career, Margaret Ann Dimond supports the efforts of the Michigan Humane Society.

During the winter months, it is usually not good for pets to be left outside for extended time periods. While some animals can stay outside in near-zero temperatures, the Michigan Humane Society recommends that all pet owners bring their pets inside for the winter. Under state law, pets that are left outside, even during non-winter months, must have access to necessities such as shelter, water, and food.

During the winter months, cats that typically roam around neighborhoods often seek warm places to hide. One popular spot for felines is in car engines, so be sure to check there before starting the car to make sure a cat hasn’t settled in there to stay warm. For family pets that stay outside, make sure their water supply remains unfrozen and check ears as well as paws regularly. If these body parts are pale, the animal may have frostbite and needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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