The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) would like to remind you that pets need special care during the cold winter months. Dogs and cats should be inside when the temperature drops. If your dog is outside, it must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse. Windchills can be especially difficult for animals and can threaten their lives. You also want to make sure that pets who are outside have water that isn’t frozen and is in a plastic bowl, as metal bowls can get very cold and their tongues can stick and freeze to them. Wipe your animal’s paws after it has been outside to remove any salt and other chemicals that it may come in contact with, as these chemicals can irritate paws. Be especially careful with antifreeze as it is a deadly poison but has a sweet taste which attracts animals. Watch for frostbite on ears and other areas. For more information and tips, call 802-483-6700.