As we bundle ourselves up for these winter months it is important to remember our pets too! Some special precautions need to be taken to keep your pet safe from winter conditions. Here are 10 tips to keep your pet safe during this season:
* Watch the temperature. When the temperature outside falls below 20 degrees it is best to bring pets indoors. For short haired dogs, cats and young puppies or kittens it is best to bring them indoors when the temperature falls below 40 degrees.
* Make sure your pet’s outdoor water is not frozen. Remember, water freezes at 32 degrees and a frozen bowl of water will not do your pet much good.
* Check your car for nesting pets. The warm engines of parked cars attract pets seeking refuge from the cold. Before starting your car slap the hood to scare them away.
* Keep antifreeze and other household chemicals away from your pet. Chemicals like antifreeze are deadly to pets. Clean up spills and keep the bottles out of your pet’s reach.
* If the snow has piled up make sure you clear a path for your pet to go to the bathroom and exercise.
* Wipe your pet’s feet with a damp cloth. This will remove salt and other ice melting chemicals, preventing your pet from ingesting them.
* Keep your pet well groomed. Matted fur does not provide adequate insulation for your pet.
* Never leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act like a refrigerator, holding in the cold air.
* For small pets with little hair consider getting a coat or sweater that covers from the base of the tail to the belly and the neck.
* When indoors make sure your pet’s bedding is in a warm place, away from any drafts.