Protect your pets, plants during freezing temperatures

Protect your pets, plants during freezing temperatures

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Most people with pets and plants know when the temperatures d rop, it's time to take precaution.

When it comes to pets, the Pima Animal Care Center began taking precautions long before the hard freeze warnings, and they highly recommend pet owners to keep their pets indoors during freezing temperatures.

"We have a lot of staff on hand, checking the dogs in the tent and making sure they have blankets," PACC director of marketing Karen Hollish said.

For those homeowners with outdoor pets, PACC highly recommends providing them with a draft-free shelter, so the harsh winds won't sweep in during the night. Also, keep pets dry and consider dog sweaters.

According to the Humane Society's website, take extra precautions if your pet spends a lot of time outside, give your pets plenty of food and water and be on the lookout for cats, wildlife and cars.

"Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife who may crawl up under the hood," the Humane Society said in an article on pet safety featured on their website. "To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car's hood to scare them away before starting your engine."

Pets are one thing, but plants are another. Tucson resident Kerry Wood said he began covering some of his plants Monday night.

"Once you start growing plants, you start watching the weather a lot more closely," Wood said.

According Jan Westenborg, owner of Green Things Plant Nursery in the Catalina Foothills, said it's all about knowing which plants need to be covered.

"Plants with flowers you probably want to cover if you want to keep the flowers looking their optimal," Westenborg said.

Other tips include watering plants the night before a freezing event and stocking up on frost cloth, a type of plant protection fabric, so you'll have plenty whenever you need it.

"It's all about aesthetics," Westenborg said. "Ninety-some-odd percent of the plants are going to come back in the Spring. If you just don't want to do the work, there's probably not much of a problem.

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