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By Diane Jessup
For The Sentinel 

Companion Animal: Important winter considerations


October 23, 2019

Contributed: Diane Jessup

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE: Even if your dog has snow on its snout, it's helpful to put him inside your coat (presuming he fits) when you're walking around outside in winter.

It's that time of the year again, when we say goodbye to warm weather and start to "winterize" our homes and farms. Winter is tough, its uncomfortable and it can be deadly if adequate preparations are not made. Here are a few tips to help your companion animals stay safe and comfortable this winter.

My personal "Number One" concern is acclimation. Sometimes people forget that dogs and cats are not wild animals. Wild animals are subject to natural selection, whereas pets are subject to human intervention. This means we breed animals that could never survive in a natural state. Think hairless dogs, cats, rats, guinea pigs, and chickens and geese with their feathers turned inside out (frizzl...

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