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5 Ways to Keep Your Pets Warmer

Another “polar vortex” has struck parts of the East Coast and the Midwest and it has brought more snow and freezing temperatures to millions of doorsteps. The last cold snap broke records across the country as temperatures dipped well below zero, freezing pipes and shutting down schools even in places that are renowned for facing bad weather without blinking. (Yah, we’re lookin’ at you, Minnesota.) Unfortunately, the U.S. pet population has played an unwitting victim due to the intense cold, but there are some things you can do to limit your pet’s exposure. <strong>1. Bring them inside!</strong> This is really the best thing you can do, even for the mangy “outside cat” that you haven’t claimed, even though she helps you out by nipping that mouse problem in the tail. <strong>2. Double down on the doghouse.   </strong> Even inside pets have to go out from time to time and some country hounds practically live outside. If your pet uses an outdoor shelter of some kind make sure that it’s insulated against the wind and has some form of weatherproofing. <strong>3. Don’t doubt the doggy sweater.</strong> It’s true that long-haired dogs born and bred for the cold (think Huskies and German Shepherds) can do without the adornment, but small dogs or those with short fur can actually benefit from a little <a title="Dog Coats &amp; Jackets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/dog-coats-and-jackets-dog-apparel-pet_3892_oa0271747.html?linkloc=catheader&amp;gpid=839062" target="_blank">sartorial snuggling</a>. [caption id="attachment_19216" align="aligncenter" width="240"]<a title="Dog Snow Boots" href="http://www.atgstores.com/dog-apparel/aussie-naturals-2067-dog-boots_g918597.html?linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage&amp;linkloc=reCanonical" rel="attachment wp-att-19216" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-19216" title="Dog Boots" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/dogboots-300x300.jpg" alt="Dog Booties" width="240" height="240" /></a> We're reserving judgment on the booties.[/caption] <strong>4. Install a doggy (or kitty) door.</strong> No one wants to admit that they sometimes forget when they let Fido or Fluffy out, and chances are slimmer that you will forget when the weather's bad, but it does happen from time to time. Prevent disaster with a private entrance for your pet. <strong>5. Keep your pets well fed and watered.</strong> Keeping warm burns a lot of energy and that energy must come from somewhere. If you’re a forgetful feeder you may want to think about an <a title="Automatic Dog Feeders" href="http://www.atgstores.com/automatic-dog-feeders_17500.html?option0=optionA=271675|19428~Valu" target="_blank">automated system</a> or placing a reminder in your phone or on your fridge. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes everyone (pets included!) stays nice and warm throughout the next round of arctic weather.
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