If you are cold then your pets are cold. It is as simple as that! And, while we hear a lot about the dangers of heat exhaustion in the summer, winter can be just as dangerous for our pets. So, today, we wanted to talk to you about the dangers of cold weather and tell you some winter pet care tips for getting your pet thru the winter with all their toes!
Just like with people, the old and young have trouble regulating body temperature.
It’s important they don’t stay outside too long and that you keep an eye on them while they are.
Let It GROW!
Skip the trip to the groomer and let your pets’ fur grow out longer.
The extra length will help keep them warm.
Never shave your pet and save the haircuts for the summer.
No Free Range Dogs
Every year dogs get away from their owners, wander onto thin ice and fall through.
The cold weather also masks smells, making it more likely for them to get lost according to the APSCA.
Buy A Coat
Just as you wear layers, consider sweaters and coats for short-haired pets also.
Also, the pads on a dog’s feet can be vulnerable to the cold, so consider booties if your dog will have to be outside for a long time.
In areas where deicing salts have been used, make sure you wipe your dog’s paws before coming in to avoid irritation and them licking it off.
Clean Up After Yourself
Household chemicals can kill animals quickly, even in small amounts.
Anti-freeze has a sweet smell and taste that attracts pets if you spill while topping off your vehicle, be sure to wipe it up thoroughly.
Protein can help improve your pet’s coat and boost their metabolism, which will help keep them more active during the cold months. In turn, this will help keep them warmer.
Consider adding an additional protein source to their food.
Keep Them Inside
You live in a house for a reason.
On days that are extremely cold, bring your pets inside, even if it’s just into the garage, which will still be much warmer than outside.
If you do though, be careful because cats love to climb up into warm spots like wheel wells and inside the engine.
If you do let them inside the garage, be sure to make sure they aren’t somewhere they can be hurt or killed when you start the car.
Pets are a year-round commitment, with different things to be aware of each season.
During the winter, we need to be aware of the cold, snow, and ice and make sure our pets are around for all the seasons to come – without freezing their toes off! 🙂