The City of Lubbock Animal Services wants everyone to be aware of the dangers of the extreme cold weather to pets. It’s extremely important during extreme weather conditions to make sure your pets are protected, especially puppies and elder animals who are more vulnerable to the colder conditions.
Pets kept outside need extra food during cold weather because they burn more energy trying to stay warm. Also, keep an eye on your outdoor pet’s water supply and make sure it doesn't freeze.
If possible, all animals should be kept inside. If pets are outside, they must be provided adequate shelter such as an enclosure with thick bedding or straw. Simple things like ensuring that the shelter opening is not facing into the wind will also help.
Low-watt CFL bulbs (with a metal shroud) can also be used to help warm pet enclosures, but make sure you do not use heat lamps, flood lights, or other hot burning lamps to warm enclosures. Not only do those types of lamps present a fire danger, but they also burn too hot for animals and can pose other health risks.
Make sure to keep low-watt CFL bulbs away from combustible materials such as bedding, household cleaners, automobile fluids, etc. Always use shrouded lamps that have clips which allow you to position the light at a height that your animal cannot accidentally hit or knock down.
Your pet is important. Take these few, simple steps and make sure your animal is properly protected during extreme cold weather.