While we are busy piling on the layers and hoping it’s socially acceptable to sport furry house slippers outside, it is important to keep our furry friends in mind as well while we battle these brutally cold temperatures! Although they have a coat of fur that we don’t have (most of us, anyway), they still need an escape from the freezing cold weather!
A few helpful tips for pet owners during the winter include the following:
1. Keep your cats inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze.
2. In the winter, outdoor cats have been known to find warmth under the hoods of vehicles. Unfortunately when the engine is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, tap loudly on the hood before you start the engine to give cats the chance to run.
3. Don’t ever let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily get lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure your canine always wears ID tags.
4. Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s stomach and legs when he comes in out of the snow, ice or sleet. They can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially hazardous chemicals while licking their paws.
5. Make sure your animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm pillow or blanket is perfect.
6. Never leave your pet alone in the car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
7. Puppies don’t handle the cold weather as well as adult dogs, making it difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may decide to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to breed type, age or illness, take him outside only to relieve himself.
8. Does your pet spend a lot of time engaged in activities outside? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in the best possible shape.
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