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By Sigrid Olson

Haired-up Equines, Frosty Cattle and Icy Dogs Surviving Below Zero

Part II


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

A cloud of moisture can be seen as this horse exhales during the recent subzero temperatures in the Potomac Valley. Horses and cattle can benefit from something to stand by, like a building or tree, because it absorbs the heat from the sun and radiates heat to the animal. For Animals Surviving Below Zero Part II see page 7.

Many horses, cattle and dogs live in rural areas and experience subzero weather in the winter. Each species has certain needs during cold snaps.

Missoula County Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Bill Brown has practiced for the last 25 years. He said horse and mule, or equines, needs include extra hay, fresh water and a place to get out of the wind during subzero temperatures. He said having something for the animals to stand by, like a building or tree, provides extra warmth by transferring radiant heat from the structure to the animal. The normal equine body temperature for a horse or m...

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