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10 Reasons Why Dogs Should Stay Indoors in the Winter (and Always) and How You Can Help

Written by Brittany Hultstrom | January 14, 2015

1. Because if you’re cold, they’re probably cold, too.

COLD: A PERSON WHO WOULD CHAIN A DOG OUTSIDE PSA

2. Because dogs can fall ill or even die when left outside in cold temperatures.

Nebraska Dog Freezing Icicles Close Up

3. Because salt, antifreeze, and other chemicals can make dogs sick if they ingest them.

Cold chained dog in the snow during straw delivery in January 2013.

4. Because snow can hide scents and make it more difficult for dogs to find their way back home.

Cold Dog Chained Outside

5. Because water and food can freeze solid, leaving dogs thirsty and hungry.

Frozen Water From Dog Bowl

6. Because dogs want to live here:

two dogs lying on a bed

Not here:

Cold chained dog in the snow during straw delivery in January 2013.

7. Because puppies, elderly dogs, and dogs who are sick cannot tolerate the cold as well as healthy, adult dogs.

white pit bull standing in front of PETA dog house, which has snow on it

8. Because dogs who are kept outdoors can be neglected and even forgotten. They are often deprived of adequate food, water, and veterinary care—and their emotional and social needs go completely unmet.

Cold chained dog in the snow during straw delivery in January 2013.

9. Because even with a doghouse, straw bedding, food, and water, freezing temperatures can be fatal.

chained pit bull in the snow with a dilapidated dog house

10. Because dogs should be treated as family members. They want and deserve to live indoors with the rest of the family.

Cold Dog in Snow

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