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7. Bare Naked Truth

If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this: Would a fur coat alone (even if it is faux mink) keep you warm against the elements? No? Well, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection for your pet during winter, either. Be a pal and provide your dog with a warm, dry, and draft free shelter outside; the shelter should also comply with any state laws that apply.

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10:18AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013


2:55PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

great tips! thanks

5:30AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

9:15PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Good info.....keep all pets safe & warm.

7:11AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thank you!!

6:43AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

some of these issues also have an impact on wildlife. don't forget them either.

6:17AM PST on Nov 7, 2012


3:35AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thanks, what's funny he wants to be the first one outside when I smoke, but we don't get that cold in London.

3:03AM PST on Nov 7, 2012


7:00PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

I have always kept my cats as indoor only, however I had a wonderful unexpected cat that showed up on my back porch one day, and despite may efforts to bring him inside, he would not accept it. So I enclosed my back porch, made a fuzzy warm bed for him, but this is how I am able to keep him warm and safe. I hang a heat lamp for him, and it is maybe 1-2 dollars extra on the power bill monthly, and well worth it. I hope this idea is helpful!

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