Flakes are falling and temperatures continue to drop. Winter is a time of adventure and bonding with your pets, whether you take them out for a romp in the snowy woods or snuggle with them in front of a fire. Owners need to take only a few extra precautions for keeping the four-legged members healthy, safe and happy until spring comes around. Some precautions are highlighted below:
Bring them in
Just because your pet has fur coats doesn’t mean that they will stay cozy and warm in the snow. If it’s too cold for the owner then it means it is also cold for the pet. The problem is that even though inside is best to stave away the cold, it has some inherent hazards. It is essential to monitor your pet around fire and other heating sources because there is a risk of them getting burned if they sleep too close to eat or play near it. There is also a risk of electrocution and fire because the animals may chew electrical cords or space heaters may be knocked down.
Take them out
Even in the winter months, exercise is very important for your pets. Booties and coats for pets aren’t just a way of making a fashion statement. If there is a frostbite warning, it may affect the pets too so precautions should be taken. Frostbite begins with areas of the body that aren’t covered by the fur such as ears and paws. Pets should also be protected from exposure to chemicals and salt that are used in melting ice and snow.
Keep them close
Update the tags of your pets with the latest contact information before the snowflakes begin to fall. When there is snow on the ground, don’t let your pets roam outside a fenced yard and off leash. Snow changes the scenery, which means that scent markers may vanish under snow. This could make pets disoriented and they may not be able to find their way back home. Therefore, it is best to keep your beloved animals close in the wintery weather.
Special care is needed by senior pets in the winter season. This is because older animals are more vulnerable to frostbite and hypothermia so they need to be monitored closely. Drops of temperature may also cause them to show symptoms of arthritis. If your companion has problems moving about and remains stiff, then owners can seek the assistance of veterinarian about the supplements and medications that can be given. Provide the pets with lots of warm and soft places to rest.
Meet the needs outdoors
Even when temperatures fall, some animals just don’t want to come in. Cats often seek warmth by climbing into vehicle engines so the hood should be banged before you start the car. If your pet doesn’t want to come inside, provide them with food and shelter outside such as insulated or heated houses and heated bowls so the water doesn’t freeze.
Take these steps and your four-legged companion will stay safe and healthy during the winters.