Avoid these hidden hazards this winter and protect your pets. Keep their tails warm and wagging with a few tips from the professionals.
The temperatures are dropping and as we bundle up and light the fires, let’s not forget about our furry friends. Whether you are new to pet owning or have an old pup, there are hidden winter hazards that every pet owner needs to know. Here are some tips on how to protect your pet during the winter months.
Snow Melts and Animal’s Paws
Salt and chemicals used to melt ice and snow can irritate your pet’s paws. Every time your pet goes outside whether for a potty break or for a quick walk, wipe off their paws with a damp towel. This will help prevent your pet from licking its paws and possibly ingesting and irritating their mouths. Thankfully, there are many snow melt options on the market now that are safe for your pets. The key is to look for brands that contain little to no chloride.
Cats and Cars
Cats are smart little creatures and creatures of habit but this quirky trait can lead to an accident. During the cold months, outdoor cats find the nearest heat source to keep warm. That usually means cuddling up under the hood of your warm and freshly driven car. A quick tip before starting up the car, is to bang on the hood of your car to give the cat a heads up. When in doubt, pop the hood! If you have an outdoor cat consider bringing them in during the winter months or providing a safe and warm space for them, like in the garage.
Watch For Antifreeze
Antifreeze is used in the winter to help protect your car. However, it can also be a deadly poison if left in the reach of animals. Store antifreeze out of reach of the dogs and in a safe space that your cat can’t knock over. Immediately wipe up spills with a cloth or paper towels and throw them away out of reach of your pets.
Keep Your Pets Warm
Most dogs aren’t built for staying outside in winter weather for very long. Take a quick look at their coat, body fat and age. The shorter the hair, the thinner the body and the older the dog-the shorter amount of time that dog can manage me being outside for. Thicker hair, hefty body and younger dogs and manage longer durations outside. But it’s always good to monitor your dog and be aware of their limitations. The average dog can manage 45 degrees but at shorter time periods. When all else fails, invest in a dog sweater, jacket and booties for their paws. Not only will they like absolutely cute but they will be warm!