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Inclement weather approaching 

 All of our Clients entrust Happy Paws to use best judgment in caring for their pet(s) in the event of inclement weather, which can be defined as weather severe enough to warrant school or government office closings. If we need to put our Inclement Weather Policy into effect, all Clients will be notified by Happy Paws via email/phone/text. The Sitter/Walker will make every reasonable effort to reach Client’s home, although the service schedule may be altered due to circumstances. If the Sitter/Walker is unable to drive safely to Client’s home, Happy Paws will attempt to contact Client by telephone, and/or email.

 In the event that no contact can be made either with Client or the emergency contact, Happy Paws will provide service as soon as conditions allow safe access to Client’s home.

 Out of town Clients- Inclement Weather

Rest assured we will do everything in our power to get to your home. Before leaving town, please provide Happy Paws an emergency contact, and/or neighbor contact that we can reach in case the weather is so severe we are unable to arrive at the scheduled time. Please make arrangements to have them on-call to care for your pets. In order to make emergency arrangements, we need their contact number. 

Social Media Posts-Inclement Weather 

To ensure our clients are always in the know ahead of time, Happy Paws will post WALK or NO WALK status on the following communications when inclement/bad weather is expected. The notifications are posted on: 

 

Duration of Walks- Inclement Weather

Walks times may be shortened in cases of extreme weather. Your buddy will certainly receive a break that they need, however, just like people, pet’s cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. We are aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and will adjust accordingly. We may need to shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect us both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. Our team will make the best decision on the needs of your fur-baby. 

 Warmest regards,

The Happy Paws Pet Nanny Team

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