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Winter has arrived and with it comes snow, ice and freezing temperatures. The Butte Silver Bow Animal Services Department would like to remind citizens that it is important to think of your pets during this season and be sure they are kept safe and comfortable.
Companion animals can be at risk from freezing temperatures and other winter hazards. When the temperature drops be sure to get your pets inside where they can be warm and out of the elements. Take them out for short bathroom breaks, but do no leave them out for extended periods of time. The low temperature exposure can lead to hypothermia and other medical problems. If the weather is cool out and the dog must be outside ensure they have a warm insulated dog house, fresh unfrozen water and additional food to help keep their body temperature up. Also, when pets come in from a walk or outside be sure and wipe paws off as they can carry toxic ice melt in and ingest it as they lick their paws clean. Furthermore, never leave a pet in the car in the cold temperatures, the car acts as a refrigerator and can be a serious risk to your pet’s health. Last, if you have an older, ill or young pet a coat may be imperative as many of these pets cannot regulate their body temperature.
Hunting is also a key winter adventure for many residents and their dogs. When you take your four legged companion with you remember to keep them dry and warm. Be sure you have fresh drinking water and feed your pup extra calories to help them keep warm. Also, inspect your dog after a day out for any cuts, scraps or thorns that might cause injury and of course if you pet becomes seriously injured the first stop should be your local vet.
Winter is also a good time to bring your pets to the veterinarian for a check-up. This allows all needed vaccines to be administered and the vet can check for underlying health issues. Remember, rabies is required by BSB ordinance so be sure your pet has a current booster.
We hope you and your pets all enjoy a safe and happy winter! Please contact animal services at 406-497-6525 with any questions or concerns about an animal.