This week, as one of the coldest ice storms hits West Alabama, everyone is doing everything they can to keep warm and keep indoors. As these ice flurries rain down on Tuscaloosa, it is important to remember that furry friends need protection from the cold weather.

Here are a few quick tips on how to keep your pet warm and cozy during this ice storm.

BRING THEM INSIDE

During this snowpocalypse, please keep pets inside and as warm as possible.

DON'T FORGET THE SHELTERS

Even if you don’t have any pets and are looking for a way to help animals in need, the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter could use your help. The shelter has become colder and colder as winter weather continues throughout the Tuscaloosa area.

TMAS is looking for donating blankets and towels to keep their babies warm, as the shelter can get to freezing temperatures overnight.

KEEP YOUR PETS DRY

If your pet has to go out during the day or night, make sure to dry them off as soon as they come in. Wet fur could make them sick.

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CHANGE THE SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS

Another way to keep them from catching a cold is to keep their beds off the ground and away from drafty areas in your home. It easy for a pet to get too cold while they’re sleeping as they won’t be able to notice it until they wake up.

TREAT THEM LIKE FAMILY – OR YOURSELF

A final tip: keep your heat turned on or your fire going if you’re able to. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you are too cold, it is likely your pet feels the same way.

As everyone hunkers down for the next few days to brave the cold, make sure to take your pets with you! Not only could this be a great bonding opportunity for you and your pet, but it could save their life.

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