Animals have feelings too

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If you have been living in Utah for a few months now or all your life, it’s not hard to tell by now that Utah weather is very bipolar. One day it is sunny and very hot then the next day it’s super cold and snowing. As humans, the change can be very difficult, but it also affects animals as well.

October through February is when Utah weather is the coldest, with January being the coldest month of the year. All animals, including cats and dogs, like to go outside to get some fresh air just like people do. The difference is when we get too cold we know when it’s time to go inside and warm up, our pets can’t tell you when they are cold and want to go inside.

It is prime winter time right now, where the snow sticks to the ground, ice begins to form that could cause accidents, and below freezing temperatures are occurring, so please keep your pet inside at all times. Of course if you need to take your pets outside for a walk or to simply to let them go to the bathroom, please do, but don’t leave them outside by themselves for a long period of time.

If an animal is unsupervised they can wander off and get lost or even possible freeze to death. Animals have feelings too and they get just as cold as you do, so keep them warm and inside where it is warm and have access to food and water. If it’s too cold for you to be outside then it’s definitely to cold for your pet to be outside.

Animals are part of families, they’re not just pets. They should be treated and loved the same way you would treat a family member. They can’t talk and tell you what’s wrong, they depend on you for shelter, food, protection, guidance, and so much more. When you leave them outside, they don’t know what to do.

If you see a dog abandoned outside or tied to a fence here’s what you can do to help these little ones:

  1. Try to help build shelter. Building shelter can help create warmth for the animal and help prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
  2. Contact your local shelter/animal control. They will help by trying to approach the dog and get it out of the cold weather. They take it to an animal shelter where they will be provided food, water, and warmth.
  3. If the dog is friendly, try to invite the animal inside your house until animal control arrives or until you can get ahold of the owners.
  4. Try to slowly approach the animal. If it is nice try to offer it some food and water. If it is mean or scared, stay away so you don’t get attacked and contact your local shelter. Keep an eye on the animal so when animal patrol arrives, they know where to locate the animal.
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