ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Cold weather is moving into New Mexico and it is a good time for residents to start taking extra precautions to make sure plants and pets are kept safe.
Officials from Animal Humane say that pet owners should make sure dogs and cats have proper shelter and access to the indoors. The say young puppies should not be put outside, since they do not warm up as quickly as older dogs and pets should have warm bedding.
When grooming pets, they say to only bathe and let them dry indoors to prevent hypothermia.
Animal Human also says that owners can leave their pet's hair long instead of shaving it.
“The main thing is don't be afraid of the cold. Just prepare for it. Whether it's with dog clothing, jackets or fleeces to keep them warm, and make sure they have lots of shelter with warm cozy bedding,” said Vanessa Daniele.
Pet owners can get some of those clothing items for animals at the Animal Humane thrift shop on Menaul Boulevard.
Some dogs do a lot better outside in colder weather. Ones with thick coats, such as huskies, love it, but ones with shorter hair get colder a lot quicker.
Now is also the time to not only think about keeping not just pets warm, but also our plants and gardens outside.
There are ways to avoid letting your plants get ruined during winter-like weather.
Experts say to use winterizer, a fertilizer designed to feed plants during the winter months and mulching.
Rich Hobson, the owner of Jericho Nursery recommends you put down winterizer first, then on top put mulching. Mulching holds moisture and keeps the root base warm.
Hobson says 2-3 inches will do the trick. Sprinkle that on trees, shrubs and winter-plants like kale and pansies.
“This is a fattening-up food for winter. It takes them into winter so they're strengthened and sturdy, and they come out in spring much stronger and healthier,” Hobson said.
He also says residents should not expect summer plants to last more than another two weeks before freezing. In the meantime, residents can put a cover on them.
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