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Wisdom From a Furry Friend: Stew, a 3-Year-Old Pit Bull Terrier Mix

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
Stew, a 3-Year-Old Pit Bull Terrier Mix

Ruff! My name is Stew and I would love to come home and play with you! I especially like fetch, it's my favorite. I am a 3 year old Pit Bull Terrier Mix and have a white coat with black spots. I've been told that I have a sweet face and will give you a big kiss if you get close enough.
I really like people and am happy to lie by your feet and keep you company. I also already know how to sit and would like for you to teach me more tricks!
Since I have short hair, this time of year is a bit chilly for me and some of my animal friends. You can help keep my friends and me warm and toasty by following these tips:
* A warm and dry place inside is best. I can get frostbite if left outside too long
* If you suspect frostbite, do not massage the area, but apply warm moist towels until my skin appears flushed and contact the vet immediately
* I can also get hypothermia despite having a fur coat! Watch for shivering, extreme coldness in extremities, and depression
* If I have to stay outside, provide a dry and elevated house for me that is not drafty and has warm and comfy bedding
* I need clean fresh water all the time and a heated water bowl or bucket will keep it from freezing. Just make sure to hide the cord from me!
* Remove any snow, packed mud, and salt from my paws. It is very uncomfortable, and salt is especially dangerous. Make sure you keep it safely away!
* Antifreeze should also be kept out of my reach, it tastes too sweet for me to resist but could be fatal
* Adjust my diet...if I'm mainly inside and not exercising I need less food. If I'm outside a lot, I will need extra food to help maintain my energy and body heat. Check with the vet if you're unsure
* My feline friends and other animals may be drawn to the warmth of cars in cold temperatures. Check under the hood, give it a loud slap, or honk the horn before starting the engine to startle any animals that may be sleeping there
* Don't use a heat lamp, space heater, or other device that isn't approved for use with animals, it is a burn and fire hazard!
Have a horse? They get cold too!
* Provide a clean, dry, and well ventilated barn
* Provide at least a three sided shelter, open on downwind side if you don't have a barn
* Horses also need a heated bucket to make sure they get enough water!
* Give your horse extra time to warm up their muscles
If you follow these tips, it can be a safe winter season for everyone having snow ball fights and making snowmen, even if they have four legs! More winter tips can be found at www.hswcmd.org.

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown www.hswcmd.org. Ph: 301-733-2060. Fax: 301-733-0248.

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