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Warning issued on letting dogs outdoors

January 31, 2019

It so cold outside, it’s not fit or humans or beasts.

The Ridgfield Police Department posted this message Thursday on talking precautions for dogs during the bitter temperatures.

As we drop into freezing temperatures over the next 24 hours, please keep in mind that not all dogs are comfortable or safe out in the cold temperatures.

Be aware of your dogs limitations when it comes to staying warm. Variables such as the dog’s coat type, weight, age, and health are all factors to consider before letting your dog outside.

When temperatures fall below 32 degrees, owners of small breed dogs, dogs with thin coats, and/or very young, old or sick dogs should pay close attention to their pet’s well-being.

Once temperatures drop under 20 degrees, all owners need to be aware that their dogs could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.

The best way to monitor dogs when it’s cold is to keep a close eye on their behavior. If you notice your dog shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations or holding up one or more paws, it’s time to head inside.

Please call Ridgefield Animal Control with any concerns. Kris Zulkeski Ridgefield (203) 431-2711

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