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Frigid Temps Endanger Pets

February 7, 2014 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County, Town of Jackson No Comments
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Jackson Hole has experienced significantly sub-zero temperatures over the past several days.  While it’s been unpleasant for area residents, it is much more of a concern for our domestic animals.  Teton County Emergency Management Coordinator Rich Ochs says it is advisable to give special consideration to pets.   He says people have to realize that outdoor animals might not be outdoors year around.  Says Ochs:  “Also consider [when] leaving animals in a vehicle, a car can down really quickly in these temperatures.” Ochs says while they can withstand a lot more than we can due to their fur coats, there is a temperature where no matter how much fur you’ve got it is a dangerous situation.  Also, just as you have an emergency kit in your car for yourself, Ochs says, don’t forget whatever pets may be traveling with you.  He says you should have emergency water and provisions for them in the event you become stranded. Furthermore, for outdoor activities, doggie jackets and possibly mittens for their feet are a good idea if they will be walking a ways in the cold and snow.

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