A reminder for pet owners, to keep their animals out of the cold weather.
When windchill values get to around minus 25, like they were earlier today, the Greater Moncton SPCA says dogs and cats should not be left out.
Director of Animal Welfare Nanette Pearl says if it is too cold out for you, it is too cold out for your pet, “Especially your cat. The pads of their feet, do not have the fur lining. Often times, the pads are very pink, which can also make them very susceptible. We get countless cats over the winter, with the tips of their ears are curling and going to fall off from frost bite. It is not okay, and cats are not going to just be able to just survive outside.”
Pearl says as for dogs, they have to go out, but always keep an eye on them, and recognize the signs. If they are shivering or showing any signs of discomfort, you need to bring them in.
“It depends on the dog too. The Malamutes will be out there rolling around thinking this is great fun, but a Chihuahua may be thinking, “Heck no. I want to come back in right now.” They have to get out to pee and to get some fresh air, but keep a close eye out for frost bite,” Pearl says.
Dogs are not to be left outside all night, because that is against the law in New Brunswick.