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No power in homes raise concern for some pets

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As many people in Spokane County and surrounding areas are now going into their third day without power, temperatures in homes are starting to drop significantly and there is now concern for pets in the home. 

KHQ's Nichole Mischke spoke with animal experts at Northwest Seed and Pet and they said for the most part, rodents, dogs and cats are going to be most resilient. If you start to get concerned for them though, it's a good idea to make sure they have plenty of blankets and are placed in the warmest area of the home. 

The animals that are in the most danger with these cold temperatures are reptiles, fish and birds. 

Some warning signs and symptoms you should look out for:

  • Reptiles, fish or birds who become more lethargic than usual.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Cold to the touch.
  • For reptiles, bubbles coming out of the nose is usually a bad sign and could signal respiratory problems. 
  • For birds, they will try and puff up their feathers to create a layer of warmth.

Here are some things you can do to try and keep your pets warm: 

  • First, make sure your pets are in the warmest part of your house. 
  • Cover cages and tanks in layers of blankets. 
  • Get disposable heating pads and place them on the sides or underneath of fish and reptile tanks. You can find some that are adhesive and will actually stick to the sides of a tank, others will need to be taped on. 
  • Certain reptiles can actually be placed in a warm bath (if you can get warm water) but for no more than one hour and it's important to make sure the water is not too warm. 
  • For birds, place nesting boxes in their cages with material or blankets they can burrow into. 
  • For an animal in a cage, you can also place buckets of hot water beside the cage and then drape a blanket over the cage and buckets to allow the steam from the water to heat up the cage. 

How are your pets handling the cold so far?

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