Cold Weather Pet Tips
With the arrival of cold weather in central Illinois, Peoria County Animal Protection Services (PCAPS) reminds you that pets need special care during the winter months. Here are six cold weather pet tips from PCAPS:
- Outdoor dogs need proper shelter consisting of a structure with four sides, a roof, a floor and a door covering. The shelter should be small enough to retain the animal’s body heat and large enough for the animal to lie down comfortably.
- Provide a windbreak and use wood shavings or straw as bedding. Blankets, rugs or towels retain moisture and freeze, which causes discomfort for the pet and does not make for good outdoor bedding.
- When the temperature dips below 10º, bring your pet inside. Even though a dog or cat might survive temperatures that low, they will be extremely uncomfortable.
- Pets need fresh water available at all times. Snow does not count. Give your pet more food because the extra calories help to keep it warm.
- Be careful of the salt used to melt snow because it can irritate your pet’s feet.
- Be alert to antifreeze spills. Antifreeze tastes sweet and attracts animals, but is almost always deadly.
City, county and state laws require owners to provide proper
care for their animals. Pet owners will be ticketed or have their animals impounded if they fail to provide proper food, water, shelter or medical care. For more information, call PCAPS at (309) 672-2440. iBi
The Year in Tweets
What exactly is being talked about in the world today?
Since its founding in 2006, Twitter has become one of the key ways to answer that question. It’s like one giant conversation around a worldwide water cooler. According to the social network, the following were some of the hottest topics of 2011. For the complete list, visit yearinreview.twitter.com.
1. Mubarak’s resignation
2. Raid on Osama bin Laden
3. Japanese earthquake/Fukushima nuclear disaster
4. Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords
5. Gaddafi’s death
1. Mac App Store
2. Sony NGP
3. Guitar Hero
4. Mozilla Firefox
5. Duke Nukem Forever
2. Fried Kool-Aid
3. Starbucks Trenta
4. Devassa Beer
2. Green & Yellow
3. Super Bowl MMXI
4. Jim Harbaugh
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
1. Pretty Little Liars
2. Two and a Half Men
3. The Craigslist Killer
4. Golden Globe Awards
5. People’s Choice Awards
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. X-Men: First Class
4. Fast Five
5. Green Hornet iBi