Are Your Pets Protected From the Cold Weather?

warm catIn many areas, the winter season can be bitter cold. Although your four legged furry friend may have fur and a warm coat, that does not mean they are protected from bone chilling temperatures.

It is important to help your pet maintain their health and happiness during the colder months.

Here are the Top Ten Ways you can help your furry friend(s) this season:

1. Keep pets indoors where it is warm –
Avoid leaving your cat or dog outside with no supervision. If you are letting your pet outside to use the bathroom, stand by the door, wait for your pet to take care of their business and bring them back inside immediately.

2. Take Precautions if your pet spends a lot off time outside –
If your pet likes to spend time outside, be sure that they have a place to go to warm up, such as a dog house. Dog houses should be a few inches off the ground and should be covered with cedar shavings or straw. Be sure that the opening to the shelter is facing away from the wind.

3. Help Feral Cats in your Neighborhood –
Provide food and water for them in a bowl in a area outside covered by an awning.Help them keep warm by buying a large foam cooler, cutting a opening on one of the ends and placing it somewhere safe and dry outside. The body heat from the cat with absorb into the foam providing heat for the cat.

4. Give extra helping –
Pets and animals need more food during the colder months to keep their energy levels high. Trying to stay warm depletes their energy.

5. Beware of cats sheltering in cars –
Cats seek shelter in cars during the winter. Whether it is underneath the car or somewhere under your hood, they will find a way to nuzzle in and keep warm. Before starting your car, give a good bang on the hood. Once you get in the car, honk your horn. Making noise will awaken any sleeping cats. Before driving away leave a few minutes incase any cats need to escape your car. Cats can squeeze them selves into the tiniest spaces and may need some extra time to weasel their way out.

6. Protect Paws from Salt –
The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. When your pet returns inside, wipe down their feet with a warm damp towel. dog cold

7. Avoid Anti-Freeze Poisoning –
Anti-Freeze has a sweet taste that may attract pets and even young children. Store any anti-freeze products you have in a high closet or cupboard.

8. Speak Up! –
If you see an animal left in the cold for a long period of time. Document what you see, take a picture and contact your nearest Animal Rescue or Patrol.

9. Keep Your Pets Near You –
Keeping your pets close and providing them with human interaction will help keep them happy and lively.

10. If you Own Horses –
All horse owners should feed their horses around the clock. Make sure they have a warm barn to go into for shelter as well as blankets to keep warm.

Follow these tips and protect your furry friend this winter season.

Written by: Amanda Haase

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