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Gail OH
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Posted: 9/10/2012 9:50:46 AM
It is that time of year to think on helping our pets and farm animals as well for winter.
Please add your ideas to help others out as well.

Housing...if pets are outside make a house that is big enough and waterproof as well as wind proof ( so the wind does not come in their door turn the house ) if you are making a house , make the door to the side not the middle like we see most of the time, it gives a bit more shelter from the wind if it is toward the corner of the front part of the house)Husband made the house out of wood and painted it twice, also had house roofing material. The roof could be removed for cleaning the inside of Skippy's house.

Have good bedding, straw is good or others may know some other form of bedding out there. Some i have heard have used a kind of heating pad I think again not sure on this...

Water bowls , I used a metal bowl when I had an outside dog. It was easy to clean in winter as well and did not crack like ceramic did. I had 2 water bowls that way during the day I would change them out when the water was getting frozen over and I did this at least 3 times a day.Also husband made an attached little box to his house that the bowl was in by his front door not just sitting outside , it also helped from the bowl being tipped over. I think now you can get a heated kind of bowl, not certain on that...

Food bowl, again 2 of them and the food bowl was put inside his house just to the side of the opening in winter , that way rain or snow could not get on it and I also could change the bowls when I went out to feed him and always had a clean bowl for him. We also had a kind of welcome pad at his door opening...

We checked his paws and kept his nails clipped ...when it got really cold he was brought into the garage where hubby had a smaller house for warmth...water and food bowls were not a problem since they were protected in the garage. Also watch the paws when taking them for walks because of salt and chemicals , it can burn their pads.

Don't forget farm animals as well...we don't have them here ourselves but know they still need some form of wind/rain/snow shelter...my neighbor has horses and I have watched her and they do have a nice barn and water system for them.

Please add your suggestions on here for other...















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Posted: 9/10/2012 9:56:37 AM
One of the best tips I got from an old farmer about raising my chickens was to not clean their coop during the winter. Their poop will harden and insulate the coop better than any bedding. Of course, I spoil my girls. My girls have heat and lights on a timer and thermostat.


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Posted: 9/10/2012 10:30:24 AM
If you don't already, start to condition your dog(s)'s paws in early autumn. Paws that are healthy and protected will be prone to fewer injuries. Check their paws frequently as well for imbedded or tangled objects in their fur (burrs, seed pods, stones, leaves or dried vegetation, and once it starts snowing, ice, snow and rock salt)

If you have a dog with a "double coat" and your dog will spend lots of time OUTSIDE in the winter (and your area gets temps below freezing), stop using the FURminator weekly starting about now. You WANT your dog to have a thicker coat.

When there is a FREEZE warning, or prediction of severe cold, bring your animals into a protected shelter. This can be the house, or heated out building.



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Posted: 9/10/2012 7:24:26 PM
Thank you , Ladies.

Please feel free to btt this daily as well as the animal rescue site thread I have here to help remind them to click daily to feed the animals and it is free...



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Posted: 9/11/2012 10:21:15 AM
I get several of those big bales of shavings from Tractor Supply or Wal-mart (when they have them) and I keep a couple on hand. I'll put about half a bale in Hercules' house (he has a big Dogloo) and as he grinds it down and it wears out, I've always got more on-hand to replace it.
Last year, DS put a thick blanket over Herky's house that covered the opening. Herky would zoom in and zoom out, like a doggie door. The ambient temperature in there with his body heat was very warm.


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Posted: 9/13/2012 9:19:58 AM
Cool nights, warm days and low humidity...ahhh...


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Posted: 9/16/2012 8:06:05 AM
We have indoor dogs, and we wipe off paws when they come in. The salt we put down outside can irritate paws. Our 4 love playing in snow!

Thank you for caring and encouraging pet owners to be mindful of the dangers of cold weather to pets.

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Posted: 9/22/2012 1:21:41 PM
btt...for the love of all animals...keep them safe...


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Posted: 9/23/2012 8:11:50 AM
btt...there is a nip in the air and chilly last night...


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Posted: 9/25/2012 7:52:49 AM
bttget tem ready for cold weather...


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Posted: 9/25/2012 3:56:36 PM
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Posted: 9/25/2012 7:54:08 PM
We have indoor pets, but FIL has an outdoor dog. He built it a dog house, puts straw in the bottom and hung a 100w light bulb in there for heat. Sometimes it gets so warm the dog sleeps outside.

I would think a water heater for the dog bowls would be a good idea..can be purchased cheap.

Straw bales stacked up and around the dog house for extra protection from the cold.



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Posted: 9/26/2012 9:16:19 AM
good idea Steffie about the straw around the house...living in Lancaster, the weather does get a bit cold here...thank you


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Posted: 9/27/2012 6:58:32 AM
Love hearing the rain...


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Posted: 9/27/2012 7:15:25 AM
I have 2 heated water bowls for the dogs. Very low wattage, just enough to keep the water from freezing (no the water does not get hot at all). Same thing for the rabbits.

The hutch gets a wrapping of the vinyl you would use to cover a table cloth, around the out side, not underneath, so air can circulate. I also have a low wattage heating pad, made esp. for animals (heavy duty, hard plastic), that I slip under the bedding in the sleeping section of the hutch, they love it.

It's true on the chicken poop - don't clean it out until spring, it acts as an insulation.

As for the dogs paws, I use udder cream on them, it keeps them conditions - use it on my hands too.

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Posted: 9/28/2012 7:23:50 AM
btt , the humans that love their pets...


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Posted: 9/29/2012 6:39:47 AM
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Posted: 10/1/2012 8:18:31 AM
Nights are chilly here and leaves are turning color...


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Posted: 10/1/2012 2:19:20 PM
<sigh>

It's still 101 degress here so we aren't thinking cold weather just quite yet.

But I did buy Stella a winter jacket yesterday....my DH thinks I'm nuts!!!


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Gail OH
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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:03:05 AM
Now that is a bit to warm for me so in your case ...shade and water...lol for the dog as well...lol


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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:47:25 AM
btt...chilly last night...


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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:46:07 AM
When my husband had his hunting dog (Britney Spaniel), he had a dog house that broke apart so it could be cleaned too. It had a pitched shingled roof and he would stuff it with straw. The dog would go in and start kicking out the straw until she had it just right. In the winter he always took a truck mud flap and attach it over the door to block out the wind. It was also located next to the garage for more protection from the wind. If we got a good snow he would pack the snow up and around the dog house for more insulation.


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Posted: 10/13/2012 10:13:51 AM
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