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WARNING FOR PET OWNERS 

DR. TOM DIFFELL FROM THE EASTERN MAINE EMERGENCY VETERINARY CLINIC IS TRYING TO EDUCATE FOLKS ABOUT PROPERLY PROTECTING ANIMALS FROM THE COLD…

HE SAYS TOO MANY FOLKS PUT THEIR DOGS OUTSIDE, THINKING THEY CAN HANDLE THE FRIGID WEATHER…

DIFFELL SAYS HE’S SEEN DOGS COME IN WITH HYPOTHERMIA, EVEN PARTS OF THEIR EARS MISSING FROM FROSTBITE SETTING IN…

&quot: It isn’t that dogs can’t be housed outside…they can.&quot: Diffell says &quot:But they have to be acclimated to the cold weather. You don’t want to house a dog inside and then in january put it outside…it’s just not a good idea.&quot:

DIFFEL SAYS IF YOU ARE GOING TO HOUSE YOUR DOG OUTSIDE DURING THE WINTER, THE RIGHT KIND OF DOGHOUSE IS KEY…

HE SUGGESTS ONE THAT’S SMALL ENOUGH FOR THE DOG TO HEAT WITH ITS OWN BODY…

THAT MEANS IT SHOULD ONLY BE BIG ENOUGH FOR THE DOG TO GET IN AND TURN AROUND…

IT SHOULD ALSO HAVE SOME KIND OF FLAP OR DOOR ON THE FRONT TO HELP PROTECT THE DOG FROM THE ELEMENTS…