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Keep Your Pet Safe This Winter

Soon, Old Man Winter will be knocking at the door reminding us changes are coming. Not only changes for us but changes for our pets. We want to remove the stress for both of you with a few helpful steps and precautions to take into consideration. Call it your winter readiness checklist to ensure your pet’s well being. Hopefully these tips will give you peace of mind as the mercury bottoms out.

Is your pet outdoors the majority of the time? If yes, here are some things to address:

  • It is called a winter coat, but it may not be enough. Be sure they have a warm, dry shelter to escape the extreme elements. Along with these, we recommend creating some sort of windbreak for the shelter and not facing the entrance towards the north.
  • Schedule some indoor time if possible, especially overnights when the temperature is the coldest.
  • Check their water bowl frequently to ensure it is still in liquid form. Fresh water is crucial for animals overall health.
  • Outdoor animals will eat more when it’s cold. They use more energy trying to stay warm.
  • With winter comes antifreeze spills. This chemical is extremely dangerous to animals. If you suspect that your pet may have consumed antifreeze contact us immediately. Commonly used ice melts also pose a threat to your pets. Be sure to use pet safe products.
  • Cats love to climb under the hood of a car and rest near the warm motor. Before you start your car knock on the hood little. Motors and kitties don’t mix.

If you have an indoor pet you are not off the hook. These are areas you will need to look into:

  • Remember it’s winter. Animals can experience cabin fever just like us. Be sure to get them out and about for activity and vitamin D.
  • Watch their caloric intake. Your pet will spend more time sleeping and less time burning energy. You may need to look into recommended food portions for the winter months.
  • Indoor pets can be a bit tender-footed. You may need to invest in protective gear such as boots and sweaters. Indoor pets are not as acclimated to the weather. Also the boots will protect their feet from salt used to melt snow and ice.

Knowing you’ve taken the steps to protect your pet from winter weather will make this time more bearable you and your pet. If your pet does seem to be suffering from the winter downers we recommend you visit our office. As always, please contact us with your question and concerns.

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