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Humane Society offers winter tips to protect pets

Monday, 09 December 2013 08:43 Published in Local News

With cold weather here, the Humane Society of Missouri urges all pet owners to bring their pets inside and exercise caution when exposing pets to the cold. Pets rely on their owners to help stay warm during cold weather. As a general rule, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets!  

Here are some tips for caring for you pet in the winter months:

BRING YOUR PET INSIDE: Don't leave your pet outside in the cold for prolonged periods of time. Remember, thermometers might show one temperature, but wind chills can make it feel much, much colder. Limit time outdoors and be mindful of frostbite on ears, tail and feet. If you run with your dog, pay attention to cold paws and if it gets too cold, leave your pup at home. House cats should always be left indoors. It is the law in the City of St. Louis.  

ACCLIMATE YOUR PET TO COLD WEATHER: If your pets spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure to introduce them gradually to dropping temperatures, rather than exposing them to the extreme cold all at once.

PROVIDE ADEQUATE SHELTER: Adequate shelter is mandated by law. If your dog lives outdoors, you must provide a well-insulated and draft-free doghouse. The opening should face south with a sturdy, flexible covering to prevent icy winds from entering. Line the floors of the shelter with straw, not hay. Towels and blankets can become damp or freeze, making the space colder.

BEWARE OF ANTIFREEZE AND ROCK SALT: Antifreeze often collects on driveways and roadways. Although it smells and tastes sweet to your pet, it is lethally poisonous. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately! Deicing products like rock salt can irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your pet's feet after being outside. Pet stores often carry pet-safe ice melts that do the job and won’t harm your pets.

DRY OFF WET PETS: A wet pet is a cold pet. Towel or blow-dry your pet if he gets wet from rain or snow. Also, it is important to clean and dry paws to prevent tiny cuts and cracked pads.

PROVIDE PLENTY OF FOOD AND WATER: It takes more energy in the winter to properly regulate body temperature, so your pet needs additional calories if he spends a lot of time playing or working outdoors. Your pet is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer, so be sure to provide plenty of fresh water. Snow is not a substitute for water. Refill outside bowls often to prevent freezing.

CAREFULLY KEEP PETS WARM INSIDE: Keep your pets warm, dry and away from drafts while inside. Space heaters and other supplemental heat sources can burn your pet. Keep portable heaters out of reach and make sure all fireplaces have adequate screening. And, of course, never leave your pet alone with an unattended fire.

GROOM REGULARLY: Your pet needs a well-groomed coat to keep him properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs might get extra cold so consider a sweater or a coat. Long-haired dogs should  have their paw hair trimmed to ease in cleaning and snow removal.

To report an animal in distress, please call the Humane Society of Missouri at (314) 647-4400. For more information on how to care for your pets during cold weather months, visit the Humane Society of Missouri website www.hsmo.org. 

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri is teaming up with South African researchers to preserve historical records related to political prisoners at an infamous symbol of the apartheid era.

Missouri's College of Education has signed a research agreement with the University of the Western Cape in Capetown and the Robben Island Museum. The island is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for most of his 27 years behind bars in the country he would later lead.

Missouri already works on several projects with the historically black university in South Africa, including a study-abroad program in the MU law school.

The new agreement will enlist archivists and research librarians from Missouri to help digitally preserve Robben Island documents for use by researchers worldwide.

 

St. Louis gas prices remain lower than national average

Monday, 09 December 2013 08:15 Published in Local News

Average retail gasoline prices in St. Louis have fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.99 per gallon for regular gas on Sunday.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.24 per gallon. This is according to the gasoline price website StLouisGasPrices.com. 

Prices yesterday were 3.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 9.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 3.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.4 cents per gallon lower than one year ago. 

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