Nassau County SPCA Advises Pets Stay In During Winter Storm Hercules

Temperatures are dropping below freezing. Know the dangers and precautions to take with pets during such conditions.

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On Long Island, the snow is beginning to dissipate in some areas, but conditions still do not warrant being outdoors unless necessary. Temperatures are dropping below freezing, which means there’s the risk for hypothermia if outdoors for too long.

The risk of hypothermia does not only apply to us, but our four-legged friends too. The Nassau County SPCA is asking that pets stay indoors, even ones that are normally kept outdoors. If they must be out, limit the time they are outdoors.

In addition to the risk of hypothermia during these outdoor conditions, there’s also the risk of frostbite. Frostbite may occur to exposed areas like the tail, ear tips, pads of feet, and other exposed parts.

While the first instinct for many is to go out and play when we see snow, today’s conditions are extreme. “If it is cold for you, then it is too cold for them!,” advises the Nassau County SPCA.

If your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, they need to be brought into a warm environment immediately, then call the vet.

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[Source: Nassau County SPCA]