Many people worry about their pets during the hot summer months. While the hot summer temperatures can be deadly to pet, the winter months can be just as dangerous. We love taking Lou out with us when we play in the snow, she's just like one of the kids except a little faster! I've put together winter weather safety tips for your pets to help keep them safe and healthy.
Winter Weather Safety for Pets
#1 Keep Your Cats and Dogs Inside
Cats love to snuggle up in warm places when theyíre allowed outside, this often means they find the wheel well or hood of a car. The sub-zero temperatures of winter can cause small animals to become hypothermic quickly. Make sure all pets have a warm and safe place to get in from the elements during the cold winter months.
#2 Don't Let Your Dog Off Leash
Every year dogs get away from their owners and wander out onto ponds with thin ice and fall in because the cold weather masks their scent.
#3 Winter Wear for Your Dog
Dogs with short fur and an intolerance to cold can get extra protection from a winter coat. Booties can help keep snow and ice from getting packed in the hair on their feet and causing pain.
Veterinarians warn against putting a coat on your dog and letting it outside without supervision. Outerwear can become wet and tangled. And if the temperatures are particularly cold, the winter coat won't offer as much protection as you may like.
#4 Age Matters
Old dogs and young puppies cannot regulate their body temperature very well. It's important that they don't stay outside too long, keep a close eye on your pet as the temperature starts to drop.
#5 Put Away Household Chemicals
Antifreeze is deadly. Every year cats and dogs get into garages and are drawn to the sweet scent of antifreeze, all it takes is a few drops to kill a beloved pet. Keep your animals out of the garage and keep the chemicals up off the floor and put away.
#6 Skip the Groomers
Allow your pet's hair to grow a little longer during the winter months. The extra hair will help keep them warm.
#7 Beef Up the Protein
If you have an active pet, you may want to consider adding a bit more protein to their diet like found in Petcurean Pet Food. The protein will help improve your pet's coat, boost their metabolism, which in turn increases their body temperature so they'll feel warmer and have the same amount of energy.
Pets need specific care and attention all year long; each season brings new challenges. This winter, take care of your pets and protect them from the cold, ice and snow.