POMEROY — Winter weather is approaching and the folks at the Meigs County Dog Shelter want to remind pet guardians to make sure their outside pet’s home is prepared for colder temperatures.
The recommended material to use in outdoor shelters is straw for both dogs and cats: it has high levels of insulation and moisture resistance, provides good cushioning and is easy for the animal to make a nest in the material.
According to the shelter, think of a bird’s nest when making the bed. By placing straw around the inside edges and fluffing some for the bottom, the animal can “nest” in the straw.
Straw breaks down and can become hard, making it difficult for the animal to nest, so frequent changes are recommended. Refreshing the straw also alleviates the issue of dust created by the breakdown of the straw.
A layer of wood chips or shavings beneath the hay or straw helps keep the bed warm by providing drainage for moisture that might enter the house. Straw is also good for mud prevention around the shelter. By surrounding it with a thick layer, the straw will keep the animal from standing in cold mud and tracking mud inside the house.
Less wind will enter the house if the entrance is small or extends out from the structure. Fix cracks in the structure with spray insulation to prevent heat loss.
And why straw instead of blankets? Blankets become wet, freeze and develop a sheet of ice. It is OK to use a blanket on top of the straw if it is changed frequently.
This winter, your pet will thank you for your efforts and you can rest easier knowing the animal is safe and snug.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551