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Q: Is it safe to leave my Husky outside when the temp. drops?

October 25, 2008 | By Ruth S. | 12 answers | Expired: 2172 days ago

Ruth S.

I have a 12 year old Siberian Husky. She stays outside all of the time. As the tempurature drops this winter I wonder if I should bring her in at night considering her age.

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Marla W.
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Oct 25, 2008

Why would you want a dog outside all the time. I have a Husky and Lab mix. No I don't think you should have a dog if its outside all the time. I don't care if he has the warmest fur and because he's a husky and that where people think they like living out there all the time. They need love, companionship, hugs, kiss, being pet, and anything else you and your family can give it.
All animals sure be treated like you would treat a child.

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Rachel F.
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Oct 25, 2008

i think u should

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Cindy
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Oct 25, 2008

From the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine:

"When the temperatures reach sub-zero, it's time to give the outdoor cat and dog a break and invite them in, even if it's in the garage. This goes for Northern breeds like Siberian huskies or Malamutes as well as medium-coated German shepherds, golden retrievers, and others in our region where they may not be acclimated to such extremes.

By 'inside,' that doesn't mean letting dogs and cats in and out of a warm house from night to day. Creating an abrupt temperature contrast can increase the risk of some infectious diseases. Consider housing them in the shelter of a well-built doghouse or bringing them into a tool shed or garage.

If you opt not to bring the dog inside, make certain its shelter is clean, dry and well insulated with straw, wood shavings or a blanket. Animals drag a lot of moisture onto their bedding from every trip outside in snow. Plan on changing the bedding as frequently as necessary or simply placing it in the dryer for a warm-up. Equally critical, position the opening, which should have a door flap, away .the direction in which snow and wind usually comes."

Pets that move about on sidewalks, driveways or streets run the risk of picking up rock salt, ice and other chemicals in their foot pads. Each time they are brought in, make certain to wipe all four feet thoroughly. There is a tendency for them to lick the salt off their feet, which can cause an inflammation of the digestive tract.

Keep an eye on your pet's outside water. If it is not heated, it will need to be changed several times daily when temperatures dip far below freezing. Ice is not a substitute for clean water. Pet stores sell heated bowls, which can prevent water freezing.

Be particularly careful when escorting elderly, arthritic pets outside. They will become stiff and tender quickly and may find it difficult to move about in the snow or ice. Keep them tethered tightly to your side if the route to the yard is icy. A bad slip can cause a ruptured disc, broken leg or other major injury.

If you live near a pond or lake, don't allow your pets or livestock to run loose without some thought on your part. They may head for thin ice and fall through if they are not familiar with icy ponds. It is very difficult to escape these watery graves and equally challenging for you to reach the site safely.

Nutrition is a particularly important concern. Outdoor pets require more calories in the winter to generate energy to ward off the cold. As a result, add 10 to 15 percent more to its daily diet to allow it to meet those needs. Another way to meet cold weather calorie requirements is by adding some fats to their regular ration. Be careful though, fats can lead to diarrhea and dehydration if too much is added."

www.vetmed.wsu.edu/clientED/cold.aspx


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