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Caring For Pets In the Cold Takes Preparation

Jeff Tidwell, Flickr, CC
Jeff Tidwell, Flickr, CC

Veterinarian Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says preparation is required to take proper care of pets in the cold.  Dogs tend to suffer dehydration in the winter when their water bowls freeze over.  Warm bedding, for example, hay or wood chips, is important to keep them off the cold ground.  Dr. McCreary says small plastic boxes with a hole cut in the side and bedding inside is good for outdoor cats.  She says there are differences in opinion on the value of blankets for horses, but her husband, a large-animal vet, does not believe they're necessary.

John Mark Dempsey is the host of the public interest program The Blacklands Café from KETR News. Dempsey is also the play-by-play announcer for Commerce Tigers Football on 88.9 FM and on ketr.org.
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