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There are various stages of hypothermia to be aware of in terms of signs and sometimes improvement in a sign is an indication that the animal is getting worse, especially when talking about shivering. Early stages have shivering, it abates at later stages, so keeping an eye on your pet is critically important in this case. Very young and very old animals ...


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Cats do enjoy warm surfaces and there are a few options to entice her into her house. Depending on what her house looks like, you can add a heat lamp, just be careful the lamp does not touch anything as this poses a fire hazard. I have seen outdoor cat houses in Canada with these to keep feral cats warm during the winter. Pet heat mats - these mats ...


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The fish should all be okay as long as the pond isn't going to freeze all the way over. I would say you don't want the pond to freeze over for more than a day or two, because carbon dioxide can build up under the ice, and new oxygen won't be able to get in. Also, since I'm pretty sure the sturgeon are still active during the winter, they will still need a ...


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The Koi simply won't eat the food if it's too cold, they know their metabolism isn't fully functional and therefore they couldn't process the food. The Koi will likely sit on the bottom and the sturgeon (if hungry) will come up. Just feed sparingly and none of the food will fall to the Koi, not that they'd be interested anyway. If the Koi are still active ...


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As you probably know, rabbits love to chew and they need to chew. Fresh wood is generally a good thing and you can give them fresh cut apple branches. When we still had rabbits, we used to supply them with plenty of apple branches from our yard (we had 3 apple trees) all year round. In the spring and summer that meant also getting leafy branches, but even in ...


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Goldfish do not have any problems surviving the winter as long as the water at the bottom of your pond stays above 2 °C. As far as I have seen, young fish are not more sensitive to the cold than the adult fish are (though they might lose a little bit more body mass during the winter than the adult fish do, but this is not a problem). There are several ...


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There is a product called Safe Paw that is made for pets and kids. A de-icer that is pet safe will have a claim on the bag. I wouldn't worry about your pets eating it, I've never seen a toxicity relating to this and I live in a very ice heavy province so it's (rock salt) used everywhere 24/7. Still a good idea to keep it away from them but you don't need to ...


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In researching another answer, I found this guide speaking about feeding fish in winter. Here are a few paragraphs to give some context. (It's a guide aimed at koi and/or goldfish pond owners, in case you were wondering why it says don't feed your fish at all.) As the water temperature of your pond falls, the fish will require less food. Watch their ...


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Congratulations and thank you for adopting a dog! Kindly tell us if you plan to keep your dog inside your home, or outside. Assuming inside, I think your dog will tell you, and no need to worry, especially if anything close to a Collie! Just put special notice to the paws! - if your dogs, unlike mine, are OK with "shoes" please put them on during walks when ...


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My pitbull half breed has kind of same problem. It's likely that you wont find anything online. Almost every adjustable coat is only adjustable around their belly, but the chest and neck has to fit. You have 2 options. 1) look for it locally so you can test it. 2) harnesses are way more adjustable. You could go on DIY and make a jacket over a fit harness.


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I'd say it's something you can safely ignore. If it's warm enough for you, your dog should be happy as well. Just offer a retreat, e.g. with a snuggly blanket or similar on an isolated bed (if the ground is colder, e.g. stone tiles) and let the dog decide. It's easy to say owning Huskies but even our dogs won't just accept any temperature or condition if ...


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Because there is no area tag in your question, I will answer for my area (western Europe). (I found the area sentence in your question, please excuse me...) You can feed your rabbit bamboo. It will stay green during winter and gives a good basic food for rabbits. Other vegetable which stays green for (almost) whole winter are cabbage (for example broccoli, ...


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This is an old question, but people needs to understand how this is done properly. You need to keep an open, ice-free area in your pond but this does not need to be large. One way to do this is to use an aquarium heater and a sheet of styrofoam, you simply make a small hole in the styrofoam and put the heater here. (Note: the styrofoam is to keep the heater ...


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