When the snow begins to fall and the ice and wind begin to pick up the pace, it signals the time to be indoors. Its the perfect time to get warm and cozy with those that you love.
Those loved ones probably include your beloved pets, who need to be protected from the elements as well. While your puppy or kitty might still love to go outside even in the freezing temperatures to go and play and explore, it’s important that you take measures to protect your furry friends.
Here are five ways to keep your pets safe during cold months until the warm months come back again.
Have them come inside
During the cold months, it’s important to bring your pets inside if you can. This is especially true in areas where the temperatures get to freezing or below freezing.
Cats are not meant to be outdoors all the time in the winter, even ones who are primarily outside cats. Dogs can obviously be let out to play and go to the bathroom. However, they should stay indoors primarily for the rest of the time.
Be careful with chemicals
Antifreeze is extremely poisonous and should be stored away from pets and cleaned up thoroughly afterwards.
Salt poisoning can also occur from walking on sidewalks that have been salted. This most often takes place with dogs. The best way to avoid that is to wipe off your pet’s paws after walking outside, and if you notice your dog has licked up some salt, see the veterinarian right away.
Keep them fed and hydrated
If you usually keep your pet’s food and water outside make sure that it isn’t frozen or soggy. Always keep both the water and food bowls full.
Even staying inside with the heater can dehydrate humans and also your pets. Make sure they are drinking plenty of water.
Take walks while it’s light
Both for the safety of you and your pets make sure to move your walk times to when it’s still light outside so you are both visible.
If your schedule only permits walks in the dark make sure you and your pet have reflective gear so drivers can see you, especially in snow and rain. Also keep them close to you and not too far in front or behind you on the leash. Better to be safe than sorry!
Cold weather season comes with its ups and downs. One of the major downfalls being that sometimes unpredictable weather can cause power outages.
It’s a good idea to have an emergency plan and have it include the things you need to take care of your pets. That way if anything should happen you will know what to do with your pets so everyone is happy, healthy, and safe.