YIPPIE!!! I heard the weatherman sayin’ somethin’ ’bout snow! It sounds like fun to me! Bring it on!!! But, we do need to talk about some cold weather safety tips for pets!
Along with the fun in the snow comes the cold. I don’t like to be cold. I don’t have a whole bunch of fur like them sisters and brother of mine, so I get cold a lot easier than them and start shiverin’ and a shackin’. The cold can hold a lot of dangers for us furbabies!
Here’s a few cold weather safety tips for pets for ya to keep in mind:
Don’t leave your pets outside when there are freezing temperatures! Bring ’em inside with you. Of course, you can still take ’em out for a little bit of exercise and to do their business, just don’t stay to long! Did ya know they can get frostbite? Well, they can – on the tips of their ears, their paws and the tip of their tail. Then ya gonna need to take ’em to see the vet.
If your pet lives outside, which I know some do, you need to make sure they have a nice warm bed including pillows, blankets and the whole 9 yards in their dog house 🙂 If your furbaby lives outside, they will need more food in the cold weather too. They burn more calories in the winter regulating their temperature.
During cold weather, there are other things you need to watch out for too. There’s some of them things human folk use in the winter time like salt and chemicals that can irritate the paws of your pet. You might want to wipe their footsie off before they come back in.
Another biggie to look out for is antifreeze. It is REALLY poisonous to your pet! They like it cause it’s sweet tastin’, but if they lick it up you better get ’em on to the vet! You have a real emergency on your hands!!
Oh yea, some of those cat friends of mine like to climb up in the car when it’s cold outside. It’s warm up in there by the car engine. So, be sure and give your car a little slap or knock and maybe honk your horn before you start it. Them fan belts can hurt ’em really bad!
Just follow these cold weather safety tips for pets and everything should all be good 🙂 Now, I am back to waitin’ on Santa and that white fluffy stuff to fall from the sky! I hate all this waitin’, but this is going to be excitin’ WOOF! WOOF!