· First and foremost your pet will need some sort of shelter. Make sure that it is located in a spot that can shield your pet from rain, wind and snow. You can add to the shelter by providing extra bedding, straw insulation, or a semi-enclosed area with a trapdoor that shuts behind your pet. Warning: never use space heaters or electric heat lamps. These things can be dangerous to your pet by causing burning, overheating, or by catching fire. If you need an extra heat source, there are heated beds available at some pet stores, but use caution with these items as well. Read all instructions carefully, only use them as directed, and make sure your pet will not be electrocuted if he chews on the chords.
· Always have fresh water available, making sure it doesn’t freeze. Licking ice or snow is not enough to hydrate your pet, and can cause a drop in overall body temperature. Heated bowls are available at many pet stores, but use the same caution with these as you would with heated bedding.