Shield your pets from the severe chill this season with these top winter wellbeing tips!
Pets don’t fare much better than individuals in the cold. With snow heavy rains and low temperatures either here or on the way we decided to offer a few winters wellbeing tips to help keep your furry family members protected and comfortable.
- Stay inside
While some animals may be somewhat better equipped to deal with cold climates than others, they’re all helpless to weather-related dangers. Those with short hair may have less capacity to bear the cold than their long-haired partners. Smaller dogs’ puppies, and older dogs and are particularly at risk when temperatures plunge 40 degrees and below.
- Limit outside dangers
Shorten walks with your furry companions in excessive temperatures. As per the American Veterinary Medical Association, pets with ailments such as kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, hormonal imbalances may have a more challenging time regulating their body temperature. They may be more defenseless to issues from extreme temperatures.
- Paw security
Crossing rough terrain, snow, ice, and road salt can cause paws to become dry, bleed, or even crack, leading to significant discomfort. Make sure to check your pet’s paws often for any indication of harm. You may think of using a dog balm or wax to protect their feet, or even booties, which can provide much-needed foothold on uneven terrain or inaccessible areas.
- Watch for symptoms
Pets are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, just like us. Signs may include shivering, whining, acting lazy or weak, skin or fur cold to the touch, and decreased heart rate. Frostbite is less visible and may take several days before side effects show up in the form of ice on the body, shuddering and bright red tissue. It is most likely to happen on tails, ears, and paw pads. If you feel your canine could be showing signs of hypothermia or frostbite, contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Don’t leave them in the car
Never leave your pet in the vehicle during frigid weather. A car can act as a sit-down freezer, keeping in cold air, which can rapidly imperil your pet. If you need to travel with your animal, ensure the time away is short, and don’t leave them alone in the car.
- Watch out for engine coolant
The sweet taste of engine coolant is appealing to dogs, but it can cause death if ingested or severe illness. Make sure to keep radiator fluid containers far out of reach and clean up spills immediately.
- Watch out for ice
When exercising your dog, stay clear of frozen waterways The ice may not hold your pet and you, turning your outing into a potentially deadly one.
- Lookout for non-domesticated companions
Outdoor cats can’t shield themselves from the extreme temperatures. If they can’t be inside, consider building a safe and dry shelter for their protection
With these tips and some basic prep, you and your pets can stay safe and warm — together — during the cold months.