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Nassau County SPCA: Pets Need Extra Protection In Extreme Cold Weather

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If it's too cold out for you, it's probably too cold for your pets.

Nassau County, NY - January 6th, 2014 - If it's too cold out for you, it's probably too cold for your pets.

After a brief respite from the cold Sunday and today, temperatures are predicted to plummet back into the single digits again overnight into Tuesday. The National Weather Service has predicted wind chill values of 15 below zero.

The Nassau County SPCA is asking all pet owners to limit their pet's time outdoors and to bring pets that are normally kept outdoors inside, this includes outdoor cats. Prolonged exposure to cold results in a drop in pet's body temperature and hypothermia. Frostbite can also occur in pets to the parts that are the most exposed and least protected by fur. It often accompanies hypothermia. Frostbite tends to involve the tail, ear tips, pads of the feet, and other exposed areas.

Think about how we would behave tends to be a good rule. If we don't want to go out and expose ourselves for a long period of time to the cold because of the risk for hypothermia and frostbite, we wouldn't want to do that to our animals, right! So please protect your pet during this cold snap!

It is time to take special precautions to make sure animals are protected against the cold, so here are some cold weather pet tips.

About Nassau County SPCA
Located in Nassau County, New York, The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a 501(c) (3), nonprofit organization originally designed to protect animals in the county from abuse and neglect, and to provide basic welfare. We hold special authority to enforce NYS Agriculture & Markets Law, and all other state and local humane laws. We are the only animal protection agency officially designated to operate within the county's borders.
 
The NCSPCA is a volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of needy animals. The Society is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and its operations have been historically funded through contributions solicited from the public and through corporate grants.
 
The NCSPCA receives no public funding, is in no way affiliated with, a subdivision of or funded by any other local, state or national organization and every contribution, large or small, helps to provide the critical care needed to help homeless, abused and neglected animals in Nassau County. The continued success of each program relies entirely on donations. No money given to any other spca organization aids or benefits the NCSPCA. Your generous contribution will help the NCSPCA in all of its efforts.

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