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Winter Safety Tips For Pets

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Keep us safe and warm

Do You Know How To Keep

Your Pets Safe in Cold Weather?

Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

As a good pet owner, you should be aware that winter is a time when you should pay close attention to the weather and temperature changes and act accordingly to keep your pet in the best state of health. The best situation would be to ensure that your pet spends more time inside than outside, but this might be an uphill task. Therefore, these are some tips to help keep your pet safe this winter.

Outdoor Tips

If your dog is very active and loves the outdoors, then you should ensure you feed him with a higher protein diet so as to keep him in shape. Also, whenever you get back from walks, always wipe your pet down with an absorbent towel.  Dogs tend to lick their paws and you definitely want him cleaned off before he has a chance to lick the melted ice off.  Why? Well, this is due to the fact that many people use antifreeze products that are very toxic to pets.

Additionally, when it snows, it is very easy for dogs to lose their scent and hence, get lost. Therefore, always keep your pet on a leash whenever you step out of your house this winter, especially when it snows!

Pets in Car Tips

If you have to run a quick errand to the mall or to the grocery store, do not leave your pet in a locked car. This is never a really good idea but, during winter, your car traps cold air and this makes it dangerous for your pets. Also, always keep your pets dressed for the weather in warm and comfortable clothing. Just because your dog is wrapped in fur doesn’t mean he can’t still be cold outdoors.

Outside Pet Homes

Furthermore, this is the season to pay better attention to your dog’s housing arrangements. For small pets like rabbits and even your cats and dogs, it is important that you situate their beds in places that are free from draft. The best way to determine this is to actually sit in the spot where you want to put your pet’s bed and observe if there is any draft. Thereafter, you can choose the best location for them. This becomes especially import for senior pets. As they begin to reach their sunset years, the cold can wreak havoc on their bones as many dogs are already suffering from conditions of the bones such as arthritis.

It is not advisable to keep your pets outside in winter, but if it becomes unavoidable, then you must ensure that you make the best choice when picking the housing materials. For instance, when selecting dog houses, your best bet are the plastic houses that are properly insulated from the cold and have a raised platform. This will help conserve heat within the house and keep your dog warm through the night. When considering the choice of bedding or “furnishing” to use for your pet’s house, you should use a straw bedding and also get stall mats or rubber utility mats for the floors. This will provide a place that is dry and comfortable for your pet to sleep on.

Placement of your pet’s shelter is key. When deciding where to place your animal house, always consider the direction of the winds. If your pet is a rabbit, then you should consider including a wind guard and a rabbit den made of plastic. They offer better protection from the elements.

The important thing to always keep in mind is that your pets should be treated as family, so you must make sure they are kept safe and comfortable this season and always.

 The main thing is to always ensure your pets’ comfort and safety.

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