How to keep pets warm during a power outage

You can keep your bird warm by placing her in a travel carrier and wrapping the carrier in insulated blankets. An insulated arctic sleeping bag would be ideal. Leave a small portion of the cage uncovered so that your bird gets fresh air.

Beside above, how can I keep my dog warm without electricity?

  1. Patch Up, Modify and/or Insulate The Existing Dog House.
  2. Buy A New Thermal Dog House.
  3. Raise The Floor Of The Dog House Off The Ground.
  4. Install A Dog Flap.
  5. Put The Dog House Undercover.
  6. Line The Floor Of The Dog House.
  7. Hot Water Bottle Or Microwaveable Cushion.
  8. Self Warming Dog Bed/Thermal Dog Pad.

Also asked, how can I keep my pet cool during a power outage?

In the meantime, you can follow these recommended steps:

  1. Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
  2. Apply ice, frozen packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest or run cool water over the entire body.
  3. Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.

How do I keep my bearded dragon warm during a power outage?

To keep your bearded dragon warm, you can put your it in a blanket/pillowcase and have it close to your body. Body heat will keep your dragon warm. But more importantly, you can use heat packs that will emit heat for up to 8 hours.

Fairport, N.Y. – During an extended power outage, many people wonder how to keep their families warm including their pets. As temperatures drop, pets may require additional care while your home is without electricity and heat. Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, has helped compile a list of tips to help keep pets safe during a cold-weather power outage.

  • Keep your pets warm with extra bedding. Providing your pet with extra bedding can add warmth during a cold-weather power outage. For small animals, consider wrapping a blanket around the pet’s habitat leaving an opening for ventilation.
  • Towel-dry pets coming in from the snow or rain. When your pet comes in from the weather, use a towel to dry them thoroughly to keep them from getting chilled.
  • Move bird cages to prevent chill and irritation. Bird cages should be moved away from drafty windows and doors as well as space heaters and fireplaces. Smoke and vapors from a space heater can cause irritation to a bird’s respiratory system. As with small animals, cover your bird cage with blankets leaving a space for ventilation to keep the interior warm.
  • Keep reptiles warm. Reptiles can be especially sensitive to decreasing temperatures. You can help them with heat packs for hands and feet that you can purchase at the store. Place the heat packs under the habitat just like you would an electric heating pad. Do not place the pack in the habitat.
  • If you can, consider taking your pet to a safe location. Keeping your pet with a knowledgeable friend or family member while your home is without power is a great option if possible. Make sure you give detailed instructions for care and contact information for their veterinarian.
  • Choose a pet-friendly option if you have to leave your home. If you have to evacuate your house, consider a pet-friendly hotel. Boarding may also be an option to keep your pets safe and warm while you are away from your home, but make sure you call in advance to ensure you have the vaccinations required.

If you have concerns that your pet’s safety or health is in jeopardy, contact your veterinarian immediately or take them to an emergency veterinary hospital.

About Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester
Established in 1873, Lollypop Farm is the largest animal welfare organization helping pets and people in the Greater Rochester area. The Humane Society is committed to building lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach, and the prevention of cruelty. With a main campus in Fairport and four other adoption centers throughout the community, the organization provides shelter, care, and adoption for dogs, cats, small animals, birds, reptiles, horses, and other farm animals. Lollypop Farm is an independent nonprofit organization supported solely through contributions, grants, investments, proceeds from retail sales, and fees for programs and services. For more information and to meet adoptable animals, please visit

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One of the biggest concerns for herpers during the winter months is what happens if the power goes out. Since reptiles are cold blooded and rely on external heat sources, a power outage in cold weather can be a death sentence to your scaly friend if you are not prepared for it. This is not something you should wait until winter to think about, but is something you should plan ahead for so you are ready if it happens.

The first thing you need to do is have a plan set in place for what to do in case of power outages. This will save you a lot of time, and you won’t be panicking over what to do during an emergency. The second thing you need to do is be sure you have the items you will need on hand and easily accessible so they are ready to use as soon as they are needed.

Items you can use in case of a power outage can vary depending on the ambient temperatures and the length of time power will be out. For short power outages, there are several easy methods of keeping your herps warm. Sporting goods stores (and even K-Marts and Home Depots) often sell air activated heat packs that can be used for smaller reptiles during short power outages. These will usually last several hours, and provide a decent amount of heat for smaller herps. You can also purchase longer lasting heat packs for reptiles that will last 30-40 hours. These heat packs work best for smaller reptiles, since they are usually only a few inches square. When using these heat packs, it’s a good idea to move your reptile into as small a container as possible, to make the best use of the heat available. Bearded dragons, geckos, anoles, and other smaller lizards can be placed in a small box (such as a shoebox) with the heat pack underneath a layer of paper towels on the bottom. The small size of the box will help hold the heat in longer. Smaller snakes can be placed inside snake bags or pillow cases with a heat pack (wrap the heat pack in a washcloth to help keep any hotspots from causing discomfort to your snake).

Another option during short power outages that also works well for larger herps is a hot water bottle. Fill the hot water bottle and wrap it in a towel or washcloth. Then place the bottle in with your herp. Just as before, the smaller enclosure you can keep your herp and the hot water bottle in, the longer your heat will last. You may also want to secure the bottle to the bottom of the cage with masking tape to prevent your reptile from knocking it around.

Longer power outages require slightly more drastic emergency heating measures. Your best, but most expensive option is to have a backup generator to power your lights and heating elements in case of long term power outages. However, this solution is not feasible for most casual herp owners. Fear not! There are other, more reasonably priced options you can use to keep your reptiles warm during outages.
For longer power outages, you may want to keep a portable propane heater in storage. These heaters, while small, can easily heat an average sized room comfortably. They are relatively inexpensive, and easy to use. They can be purchased at most hardware stores such as Home Depot or Lowes, and even in the camping section of stores such as Target or K-Mart. These come in many sizes, from large ones that attach to the propane tanks used for barbeque grills, to smaller ones that use 1lb propane cylinders. When shopping for these kinds of heaters, it is important to be aware of their safety features. Look for a model that has automatic low oxygen shut off system and an automatic safety tip over device switch. The packaging should also tell you what size propane cylinder you will need, how large of an area it will heat, and how long a cylinder of propane will last. It doesn’t hurt to keep several propane cylinders on hand. It is VERY important if you are using this kind of heater that you keep the room well ventilated! A buildup of propane fumes can be just as dangerous as lack of heat. Make sure the room is well ventilated, and you may even need to crack a window open to vent any fumes. It is also a good idea to keep these heaters well supervised. Even with the safety features many come with, accidents can happen.

Another heating option for long term outages is to use a power inverter for your car that allows you to plug in standard power plugs. Radio Shack often sells these for about $30-$40. With this, you can plug a heating pad or heating blanket directly into your car’s cigarette lighter. This is also a great device to have for trips to the vet during the winter months!

During power outages it is probably a good idea not to feed your reptiles. Reptiles need to raise their core temperature in order to properly digest their food. During a power outage, the options listed above will keep the ambient warm enough for your herp to survive, but will probably not get them warm enough to digest. A day or two without food will do less harm than undigested food rotting in their stomachs.

While the main focus of this article has been options to provide heat during the winter months, let’s not forget that the flip side can be just as bad. During the summer months, a power outage that cuts off air conditioning in your house can be just as dangerous as a winter power outage! For short outages, simply turning off any heating elements may be enough to keep your herp from overheating. During long outages, especially on the hottest days, the temperature can easily soar to dangerous levels. With a little forethought, it’s fairly easy to provide short term cooling for herps in this situation. Keep several plastic soda bottles filled with water in the freezer. In case of a summer power outage, these frozen bottles can be placed on top of cages to cool the inhabitants. It’s not a good idea to place these inside a cage, however, as it would be too easy for your herp to become chilled from direct contact. Spreading a damp towel over the top of the cage and the water bottle can also help provide some cooling relief. For longer power outages, you may need to use an air conditioned car, or move your herps to another house or to a vet’s office that has power for boarding until your power is restored.

When dealing with power outages, either during summer or winter, the key is to be prepared. Taking a little time to plan ahead and prepare for possible emergencies can save both you and your reptile a lot of worry and discomfort.

Never use a generator indoors or within 20 feet of your house.

Have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every floor.

If you use your car to stay warm or charge devices, make sure the car is outside the garage.

Never use a device (such as an oven) to produce heat unless that’s its intended purpose.

Indoor portable heaters should have an automatic shutoff switch in case they’re tipped over.

With winter storms leaving thousands of Americans without power, there are several steps you can take to not only stay warm but also remain safe.

The biggest threat from a power outage, of course, is the lack of heat. But even during an extended outage, there are ways to survive the cold.

The danger is that some alternative heating systems pose their own threats, such as fire and carbon monoxide. But there are precautions you can take to minimize the danger.

Here are five ways to stay warm—and safe—during a power outage.

If You Can, Get a Generator

Even if you’ve already lost power, it’s not too late to look for a portable generator. Sales always spike during weather emergencies, but it’s still worth trying.

Some major retailers have told CR that they’re able to reallocate the supply of generators to affected areas in as little as a day or two. A good strategy is to show up early at the store to grab one before they’re sold out.

If you’re fortunate enough to find a portable generator, use our guide to get it up and running quickly and safely. Once the outage is over, hire an electrician to install a transfer switch or interlock device so that the generator can power entire circuits in your home, which is both safer and more helpful.

If you can’t find a portable generator at a home center or power equipment dealer, try looking for a recreational generator at places like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, or even at a local RV or boat dealership.

These smaller generators aren’t really designed for power outages, but their output of 1,800 to 2,000 watts is still enough to power a large space heater and charge cell phones, which may be enough to get you through an outage.

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Stay in One Southern-Facing Room

Even without heat, on a sunny day in particular, you can maximize your warmth inside by gathering in a room with southern-facing windows.

Use a compass app on your phone or a real compass if you have one to find a room that fits that bill. Then keep your family in this shared space as much as possible. The collective heat generated by your bodies will also keep the space warmer.

Seal Window and Door Leaks

Keeping warm air in and cold air out is crucial, and the process is the same for both. Seal leaks around windows and doors using caulk or weatherstripping if you can.

If you can’t get those materials, look for duct tape and clear plastic sheeting (clear lets sunlight in through the windows, which helps warm the room). If you can’t find regular plastic sheeting, try the paint aisle at a home center, which often has clear plastic drop cloths.

For drafty doors, use draft guards. If you can’t find them, towels and blankets are fine.

Some leaks are obvious, while others aren’t. Look for subtle leaks using a stick of incense or a candle. Carefully move the candle or incense near problem spots like windows—if you see the flame flicker, or smoke from the incense quickly disappear through a window, it’s a sign that you have a leak.

Use a Fireplace or Another Heat Source

If you’re fortunate enough to have a well-maintained wood stove, use it. Never go to bed with a fire burning, however, and keep the area immediately around the fireplace or stove clear of any flammable materials. Keep kids and pets away, too.

If you don’t have a fireplace, consider using a portable propane heater. But make sure you use it properly.

“Consumer Reports only recommends using a portable propane heater designed for indoor use in an emergency,” says John Galeotafiore, CR’s associate director of product testing. “And you should only use these tools if you’re able to follow crucial safety instructions.”

In addition to any directions in an owner’s manual, these heaters should be used only on a hard, fireproof surface and in an area free from kids, pets, and flammable materials.

Make sure that you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your house and that you’ve selected a heater that’s suitable for indoor use.

These heaters produce carbon monoxide and you’ll need to keep a window open a small amount to allow for safe ventilation—check the owner’s manual for specifics, which vary depending on the output of the heater.

Never leave any portable heater running unattended or during any period when you are sleeping.

Camp Out Indoors

If you can’t get your hands on a generator or heater, consider camping out inside your home.

A tent and sleeping bags can help keep you and any family members warm and safe, particularly through the night, when temperatures tend to drop.

Hypothermia can be a concern at any age, particularly for young children and older adults, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Dress in loose layers, as opposed to one heavy layer, and make sure to stay dry—even sweat from exercising can raise your risk of developing hypothermia.

How to keep pets warm during a power outage

What you need to know about your dog or cat when the power goes out.

You may not think your dog or cat will be affected by a power outage. After all, they can see better in the dark than we can, so everything should be fine, right? Not exactly. Read about how a power outage can affect your valued family member.

How to keep pets warm during a power outage

Pets are affected by power outages, too

First and foremost, animals pick up their cues from their owners. Your little canine or feline may become jumpy or reactive when the power goes out because you or a family member is agitated. If you are nervous about power outages, it’s safe to say your pet will be nervous as well. It’s possible that your pet might be so alarmed by a power outage that it could cause itself an injury. In instances like this, Pets Best insurance comes into its own as the savings made compared to paying for procedures without insurance speak for themselves.

I read a story where a pet owner’s dog was picking up alarms from other parts of the block. The dog would jump on her head anytime a fire alarm would beep (story source). Remember, dogs and cats can hear frequencies that you and I would never hear. There is no telling what sounds carry when the electricity goes off in any particular area. For more articles about pets and how to care for them, head to the Healthy Solutions for Pets website.

How to keep pets warm during a power outage

Caring for pets during power outages.

How to keep pets warm during a power outageTemperature

Keep in mind that you respond to temperature changes and your pets will too. They have become accustomed to the temperatures you set and drastic changes can affect them greatly. If it is getting cold in your house, use a blanket or something to keep them warm as well. Blankets and barkshop dog toys will ensure that pets are comfortable and loved.


If electricity is off in your area, you will need to have water from another source. Don’t forget about your pet as well. You want to keep water where they can access it and make sure it is not freezing over in the winter or evaporating in the summer.


First, and this is vitally important, if a power line is down in your area, keep your pets in doors. They may not know how to react and touching a downed power line could cause death.

Also, you want to make sure you keep a very similar routine for your pet. If you typically walk them, take them out or do any other daily or weekly activity with your pet, continue to do so. Uprooting their routines could cause undo stress.

How to keep pets warm during a power outage

You may never have to worry again about power outages.

If you would like to make sure your dog or cat does not have any issues during a power outage, just avoid power outages. While you may not be able to avoid the power going out, you can make sure it comes back on in as little as 20 seconds with a whole house power generator. These generators are quiet and can power your entire house keep your furry family and the rest of your family safe and secure during power failures.

Verdegy is here to help you protect your family no matter how furry they may be. Give us a call at 214-207-0506.

How to keep pets warm during a power outage

January 18, 2021

Wind storms, especially in combination with ice or snowstorms, can cause power outages that depending on where you live can last from a few hours to days or even weeks.

Fierce windstorm slams western, central U.S., sparking blizzard conditions for some

Several locations saw gusts greater than 100 mph, with damaging winds lasting for hours

This headline from just last week, and many like it are not uncommon in the PNW or in the Rocky Mountain states. Anyone that lives in those areas knows that at least one power outage every winter is likely. Those that can, have a woodstove just for such occasions as it will do double duty of keeping you warm and cooking your food. But what if you don’t have a woodstove or only have a fireplace? How can you keep your home warm?

Tips for keeping warm when the power is out

How to keep pets warm during a power outage

1) Layer Your Clothing

When there is no power to heat your home, your body can quickly feel the outdoor temperatures and struggle to stay warm. Layering clothing is one of the easiest ways to ensure your body maintains its temperature when you do not have power. From your head to your toes, layer your clothing to give your body the extra heat it needs. Don’t forget about your feet, hands or head when layering your clothing, as those areas are where your body can lose the most heat. You may feel silly doing so, but wearing hats and gloves, even when you’re indoors, can really help your body remain warm as you wait out the power outage.

2) Close off one room

Choose a room that is big enough for the whole family to hang out in, that doesn’t have high ceilings since heat rises. If you have a fireplace, but tall ceilings that may be ok for hanging out during the day when someone is there to tend the fire and you are using it for cooking. But at night you may need to move to another room or take turns watching the fire as fireplaces are not very efficient at heating spaces. Make sure drapes are drawn and if you still feel a draft, or cold air seeping in, then use blankets to further cover the windows.

3) Set up camp

How to keep pets warm during a power outage

If you have a room with a fireplace and a high ceiling, then consider dragging out your camping gear and setting up your tent. If you don’t have a fireplace, then choose a room that you can close off and set up the tent in it for sleeping. If you don’t have a tent it is time to revert to your childhood and build a fort. Especially at night, it is important to share body heat, and the tent adds an extra layer of keeping the heat close to you instead of rising to the ceiling.

4) Eat & drink warm items

Even if the power is out you can still cook on an out door grill or over a few tea candles. Hot drinks, and warm food help to keep your core body temperature up and provide some level of comfort. Make sure you are well stocked on food that is easily prepared with just a bit of heating up.

5) Propane Heaters

How to keep pets warm during a power outage

Mr. Heater Propane Heaters come in a variety of sizes and if you are unable to add a wood stove to your home then they are your best bet for staying warm. They are not cheap, but definitely an investment worth making. Make sure you read the warnings – and keep anything flammable a long way away from them! I once witnessed a tent go up in flames and several young girls get burned when one of these heaters was used in their tent. Treat them like an open flame and exercise a great deal of caution especially if you have young children or pets in your home.

6) Candles for light and heat

Open flames are to be treated with absolute caution. Despite the inherent danger, they will provide light and a small amount of heat. You are not going to be able to heat up an enclosed room, but they can help.

  • 100 hour candle– having a few of these in your supplies makes sense as they are easy to store and as their name suggests they last a long time.
  • Terracotta Pot heater – you have probably seen videos that show how to make these or heard them described. Unfortunately, they do not work as well as advertised. The candles burn faster, and they do not put out as much heat as just candles alone.

Michigan Humane Society

Anna Chrisman, Public Relations Coordinator

How to keep pets warm during a power outage

DETROIT – When the power goes out, do you know the best ways to keep your animal safe? The Michigan Humane Society provides the following tips and tricks for pet owners in the event of a power outage.

1. Make sure all pets are wearing collars and ID tags. Accidents can happen when the power goes out, and the easiest way for someone to return a pet to you is via the information contained on the tags. Tags should also contain your address in the event that your phone is not working at the time of the power outage.

2. Keep pets warm and dry in winter, and cool in the summer. Pets react just as much as we do to changes in temperature, so make sure your furry friend is staying as comfortable as possible. Open windows and shade will help them keep cool in the summer, while moving your pets bedding to the center of the house will help retain more heat in the winter. In the event of more extreme temperature changes, it may be wise to board your animal at a veterinarian’s office or boarding facility until power is restored. You could also reach out to friends or family to see if they are able to accommodate your pet until the power is back on.

3. Make sure dry food is being kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. This will prohibit bugs from getting into the food and mold from growing. Fresh, clean water should always be available to your pets. Pay attention to water alerts and advisories for your pets as well as your human family members.

4. Make sure your animals are only outside under supervision, and check the ground for downed power lines. There may be work crews in the area that can startle your animal, or pieces of fencing may need to be removed for repairs to begin. If you do see a downed power line, stay inside and report the line to your electrical company.

5. Keep your pet as close to their normal routine as possible. This will help eliminate some of the stress they experience from the power outage, and help to keep them calm. If your pet is currently on medication, seek assistance from your veterinarian if you have any concerns about being able to store it properly in the home.

If you are unable to provide care for your pet during a power outage, for any reason, contact your veterinarian to see what other options may be available to you and your pet.

Information and resources:

The DTE Energy App is back up and working – you can check the outage map on the app.

What Metro Detroit Areas got hit the hardest? ZIP code breakdown here.

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Living in the Northeast the weather can be very unpredictable. So far this winter we have been hit with three major storms and we have a fourth one headed our way according to the forecast. Many in New Jersey had already lost their power when the third one hit, so this is only going to delay the situation.

When Super Storm Sandy hit we lost our power for about a week and let me tell you it got very cold in the house and that was in October, imagine how cold it can get when you lose power during a blizzard. Brrrr!

Below are some suggestions as to how you can protect your pet while indoors.

While the first thing people want to do when they lose power is to light candles. This may not be a good idea when you own pets. If your pet is a climber/jumper they can potentially knock that candle down causing a major disaster. I have many battery operated LED candles throughout my house that I use. These are pretty bright and are a much safer alternative.

Keep flashlights handy or you can purchase LED type lanterns that can light up a whole room. If you have removable solar lights you can bring them indoors in the evening and those are effective as well. It’s a good idea to have these readily available because you never know when you are going to lose power.

If you plan on riding it out, make sure your pet has a comfy sweater they can wear. Lay blankets around their bed so that they can keep warm. If the temperature drops to an extreme and it gets too cold in the house, you may want to check into a hotel that is pet friendly. Click here to view pet friendly hotels

Although staying at a hotel is great, it can add up. If you have family that you can stay with that is a plus. Make sure you bring all your pets items and try to follow your pet’s regular routine as closely as possible.

Another option is boarding your pet. There are many great boarding facilities that you can look into. Many veterinarian offices board animals as well, contact yours to check.

When your power is out, keep water handy at all times. Colder weather means your pet will use up more energy to stay warm. As for food you should always have an extra supply on hand. If your dog is on a cooked food diet as is mine, make sure you remove it from the fridge and place it in the freezer to keep it cold. If there is snow outside you can just place it on the snow so it doesn’t go bad.

If you are lucky enough to purchase a gas-powered portable generator go for it. These are the best solutions for power outages. Just make sure you follow the manufacturer’s suggestions and never bring it in doors! Again follow the instructions!

Lastly, be mindful of your elderly pets as their metabolism isn’t what it used to be. Some meds can affect your dog’s metabolism affecting their being able to keep themselves warm. Contact your dog’s vet if you are unsure.

Remember, safety is of the utmost importance!