Interview With Carol Stubbs From Helping Hands Humane Society
We asked her for a few reminders for taking care of our pets in the worst of Kansas weather.
"People need to be mindful of their pets, whenever severe weather comes, and living in Kansas, that can change from day to day."
IN EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER, PETS NEED EXTRA ATTENTION
"They will need more food during the winter because they burn more calories trying to keep warm. And you obviously need to watch their water. Change it often when it's cold to make sure it doesn't freeze."
ANOTHER DANGER TO CATS IN PARTICULAR IS A WARM CAR ENGINE.
"Sometimes you don't know you have cats in your neighborhood, but when you go out, before you start your car, tap on the hood and that way if one is in there trying to stay warm, they will get out."
STAYING WARM IS TOUGH IN THE WINTER, BUT BECOMING TOO WARM WILL SOON BE A PROBLEM FOR PETS AS SUMMER APPROACHES.
"When it's extremely hot you obviously need to watch their water and change it often so it doesn't get too hot. We recommend putting ice cubes in it. That will keep it cool longer. They definitely need somewhere they can go and be in the shade and out of the sun."
"Another good thing to do for your dogs in the summer when it's extremely hot is get a baby pool so they can get in and splash around and cool off."
WITH WARMER WEATHER ALSO COMES THUNDERSTORMS. LOUD THUNDER AND LIGHTNING CAN CAUSE PETS TO BECOME SCARED AND LEAVE HOME.
"If your pets get lost, obviously the best thing to do is have a collar and identification tags and/or a microchip. But it's also very good to keep a recent photo of your pet."
ABOVE ALL, IF YOU'RE NOT SURE WHEN YOUR PET SHOULD BE INSIDE, KEEP THIS RULE IN MIND:
"If it's too hot or too cold for us outside, it's very uncomfortable for your pets".
Your pet should always have an ID tag with your contact information. Make sure the ID tag has your address and a contact number. In an emergency... the "home phone" may not be available. Consider the cell phone number or multiple contact numbers. Also, a permanent ID may also be used. Tattoos and implanted microchips are common.
Keep a photo of your pet in case you need to prove ownership.
If you must evacuate your home, it’s best to take your pet. If you must be separated from your pet and you do not have time to go to a boarding facility, remember to leave food and water in non-spill containers.
If your pet is lost during a disaster, contact veterinary hospitals, boarding kennels, animal control facilities and humane societies in your area. The same applies if you find a lost pet.