How to keep your pet safe in the winter


STAY INSIDE, KEEP COZY AND ENJOY THIS SNOWY WEDNESDAY MORNING HERE ON “THE RHODE SHOW”. Brendan: THIS MORNING IN PET CARE, WE’RE NOT LEAVING FIDO OUT IN THE COLD THIS WINTER. OH, NO. HERE TO SHARE SOME PET SAFETY REMIND ORES FOR THE SYSTEM IS JIM CONNELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PROVIDENCE ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE. GOOD MORNING, JIM. GOOD MORNING. NICE TO BE HERE. Brendan: BEFORE WE GET INTO ANY OF THE TIPS, WHO IS THIS? SHE IS THE ABSOLUTE CUTEST. THIS IS PRINCESS. Brendan: I THOUGHT THAT WAS MY NAME. [LAUGHTER] SHE HAS ALREADY BEEN RESCUED. BUT SHE IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL RESCUE DOG. THEY MAKE GREAT PETS AND LOVE IS ALWAYS ADOPTABLE. Brendan: HI, SWEETIE. GOOD MORNING. THERE YOU GO. WE’RE GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER. SHE IS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. EVERYONE FALLING IN LOVE WITH HER THIS MORNING. WE’RE ALL PET LOVERS HERE AT “THE RHODE SHOW” SO WE KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF THESE LITTLE GUYS AND GIRLS DURING THE SEASON. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO BUNDLE THEM UP. IT’S CRUCIAL. ABSOLUTELY. PARTICULARLY THE SHORT HAIRED BREEDS LIKE PRINCESS HERE. THEY DISLIKE THE COLD AS MUCH AS WE DO. AND REALLY YOU SHOULD KNOW YOUR PET. CERTAINLY A LONG-HAIRED BREED SUCH AS A SIGH BEERIAN HUSKY CAN LAST A LITTLE BIT LONGER THAN SHE COULD. BUT YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL. THEIR EXPOSURE TO THE COLD AND SNOW SHOULD BE EXTREMELY LIMITED. Brendan: ABSOLUTELY. WE WANT TO LIMITS THAT TIMING, OF COURSE. IN TERMS OF DIET, WHAT — IS THERE A CHANGE WE SHOULD BE MAKING? SHOULD WE BE MAKING SURE THEY EAT SOMETHING SPECIFIC DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR? THEIR OVERALL HEALTH IS CRUCIAL BUT THEY PROBABLY SHOULD EAT MORE BECAUSE THEY EXPEND MORE ENERGY TO KEEP WARM DURING THE COLD TEMPERATURES THE. Brendan: MY MOM PUTS HER DOG IN THE BACKYARD AND CAN WATCH HIM IN THE WINDOW. AND SHE GETS A SENSE OF HOW COLD HE IS. AS YOU ALLUDE TO, THEY KNOW AND THEY MAKE THEIR WAY CLOSE EASIER TO THE HOUSE. THEIR SENSES ARE INHIBITED BY THE SNOWFALL AND ALSO BY THE SNOW COVER. AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, MORE PETS ARE LOST DURING THE WINTER SEASON THAN ANY OTHER. SO YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL. I ALWAYS RECOMMEND THEY BE LEASHED WHENEVER THEY’RE LET OUT OF THE HOUSE. Brendan: IN TERMS OF EXERCISE AND WALKS, A LOT OF TIMES WE FWHOEZ THEY NEED TO GET THAT WALK AROUND THE BLOCK OR WHATEVER IT MAY BE. IF IT’S TOO COLD, SHOULD WE MONITOR THE TEMPERATURE AND MAKE A JUDGMENT CALL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. YES. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE OF ANTI-FREEZE, WHICH IS VERY ATRACTIVE. IT’S SWEET TASTING. BUT IT IS ALSO POISONOUS. AND VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEIR LITTLE PAWS BE WASHED WHEN THEY’RE BROUGHT BACK IN THE HOUSE. BECAUSE WE ARE — WE LOVE SALTED SIDEWALKS BUT PET DOS NOT AND IT CAN BE VERY, VERY PAINFUL AND LEAD TO CRACKING AND DRINESS JUST AS WITH OUTER SKIN IN THE COLD TEMPERATURE. Brendan: AND THEY WILL GO AFTER EVERYTHING. WE KNOW THEY WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING AND GET INTO EVERYTHING. WE MUST BE COGNIZANT OF OUR SURROUNDINGS. EXACTLY. Brendan: PAUL, YOU DO TREMENDOUS WORK. YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT, WE’VES BEEN INVOLVED WITH YOU GUYS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW. THE OVERALL MISSION, REMIND FOLKS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. WE SO APPRECIATE YOU ONGOING SUPPORT. WE NOT ONLY SHELTER HOMELESS ANIMALS AND ADOPT THEM OUT, ANIMALS OF EVERY KIND — CATS AND GUINEA PIGS AND DOG, BUT WE ALSO PROVIDE SERVICES SUCH AS LOSE-COST MEDICAL CARE FOR FOLKS THAT WANT TO KEEP THEIR DOGS, BUT BECAUSE THEY’RE STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY, YOU KNOW, THEY MIGHT BE WILLING TO GIVE THEM UP WHEN REALLY THEY DON’T NEED TO. WE HAVE A FOOD PANTRY AND WE VALUES LOW-COST SURGERIES AND MEDICAL CARE FOR FOLKS WHO ARE IN NEED. Brendan: AND YOU CAN WALK PEOPLE THROUGH THE PROCESS. YOU CAN MAKE SURE THEY ARE WITH THE RIGHT FOOT. ABSOLUTELY. Brendan: YOU’RE SO CUTE. YOU’RE THE SWEETEST. EVERYBODY HERE LOVES YOU. I WANT TO TAKE YOU HOME HERE WITH ME. THERE ARE PLENTY OF ANIMALS THAT DO NEED HOMES. YOU CAN LEARN MORE, ALL ABOUT THEM, BY CHECKING OUT THE PROVIDENCE ANIMAL RESIDENCE ACCUSE LEAGUE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU’VE BEEN VERY GOOD, PRINCESS.

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