So far this has been a fairly mild winter. However, we all know that it can’t hold for much longer and we will eventually be blasted with freezing cold temperatures and mounds of snow. As we prepare our homes and cars don’t forget your pet could use some winterizing too. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Anti-freeze (Ethylene glycol) – This is a chemical that likely every household in America has in their garage. Anti-freeze is a shimmery green color that tastes very sweet but even the smallest amount can be lethal. We recommend that all spills are cleaned up thoroughly and bottles of anti-freeze are closed and put in an area where your animals do not have access.
Fresh water – Pets are just as likely to become dehydrated in the winter as in the summer time. In cold temperatures water can freeze very quickly. To prevent this from happening you can use heated pet water bowls or fill their bowls often.
Shelter – If possible bring your pets inside. Otherwise, provide a shelter for your pets to stay out of the wind and moisture. There are now heating pads that are made specifically for dog/cat housing. If you choose to heat your animal’s housing, please, be sure that the product is pet friendly as there is a potential for contact burns and fires.
De-icers – Wipe your pet’s belly and feet after being out on walks. If your dog or cat comes into contact with de-icer and ingestion occurs by licking their paws it can cause an upset stomach.
Check under your hood– Cats are sneaky creatures that love to stay warm and if there is a source of heat they will find a way to be close to it. Be cautious and check under your car’s hood to make sure your cat has not found a warm place to take a nap.
Be fashion forward– Because shorthaired dogs do not have a natural fur coat to keep them warm, think about putting a cute sweater on when they are headed outside.
As always, please call or email us with any questions or concerns regarding your pets’ winter weather safety.