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Deep Freeze and Dogs - What Do You Do?

With low temperatures this week set to break records, many people are avoiding going outside. Chicago is reaching the -20's on Wednesday, but with the city's famous wind chill, it will feel like -50 degrees. For many, this means staying in, but for pet owners, you might have to take your pup outside if you don't have a Fresh Patch on hand. Here are some tips on how to keep your dog safe in these beyond-frigid temperatures.

Limit Time Outdoors

This might seem obvious, but limit how much time you're letting your dog out for. If you have a backyard, you might have the luxury of watching them from inside. But if you're warm, they're certainly not! Just give them enough time to go potty and then let them back in. For small dogs, anything under 20 degrees can be life-threatening while anything under 10 degrees can be life-threatening for larger dogs. Be sure to limit time outside!

Bundle and Layer

Humans aren't the only ones that need to get bundled up and layered in the cold. With temperatures dropping to the negatives, make sure your dog is prepared. Wrap them up in a dog sweater or dog coat, and, very importantly, put booties on them! While these might seem silly to you, they will help protect your pup's paws from getting frostbite or from getting salt and ice stuck on them. 

Don't Leave Pets in Car

While you usually hear this about summer temperatures, the same applies to colder temperatures. If you need to go out during cold weather, it's best to leave your dog at home. If you can't do that for some reason, then limit your trips or keep the heat running in the car with the car locked if you vehicle allows.

Careful of Cats

While we primarily write about dogs, you want to think of cats during the cold weather, too, especially stray cats. Many cats crawl up under cars to stay warm, so before you get going, bang on the hood of your car to make sure they're out safe. You can also leave out Styrofoam coolers that can serve as shelters for stray cats.

Stay safe and warm during this "polar vortex!" If you want to avoid going outside all-together, you can take care of the potty-problem with a Fresh Patch subscription.

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Jenna Gomes

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