Worried about your pets this winter? Tips for keeping pets warm
Winter is here!! Dig out those winter jumpers, dust off the skis and chop off the firewood. As cold weather starts creeping our homes, our pet’s also need a special attention this winter along with us. They need to be warm more than us. Make your pet feel warm, happy and healthy throughout the winter by following these simple tips.
- Inspect your furnace: Check your furnace for any leaks of carbon monoxide before you start using it. This must be the first step if you are using furnace instead of firewood. Carbon monoxide is the odorless gas which causes serious illness in both people and pets. Avoid poisoning at home as pet spend most of the time indoors than us if you are working.
- Keep the pet indoor: Though the short winter trips are fun for the pets, it is advisable to keep the pets indoors with good warming equipment. When you feel cold enough and cannot go out your dog too!
- Know the breed: Not that all the dogs feel same during winter. Some breeds are best suited for winters and need very less care during winters when compared to other breeds. So know the breed.
- Maintain good health and hygiene: It is said that the dogs which are healthy during summers and maintained healthy weight are much less prone to arthritis during winter. The older and the small puppies are to be given more attention and care.
- Grooming: Whether it is summer or winter, grooming is must. Of course, the style changes! In case you bath the dog daily or thrice a week during summers, it is okay to give your pet a warm shower once a week. Don’t trim the hair, keep it furry. The fur on the body regulates the body temperature and the pet feels warm.
- Be careful about the waters outside: When you take your pet out for a park or a pond be careful. Animals can easily fall through the ice, and it’s very difficult for them to escape on their own, or for humans to rescue them.
- Be extra conscious about the senior pets: Arrange a thick, soft and a warm bed for the naps of the older pets. Cold weathers are extremely painful for older dogs and the ones with degenerative joint diseases. Ask your vet for some therapies that can be done at home.
- Drinking water: Give lukewarm water for the pet to drink. This maintains the pet’s body temperature warm and stay hydrated.
- Consider heating pads: If you cannot use heaters or firewood, use heating pads for the pets. Fill the pad with lukewarm water and place it under the neck or stomach. This generates heat and makes the pet feel warm.
- Move it move it: Just like us pets do feel so lethargic to do workouts but it is extremely important for them to move their body during winter too. Plan indoor activities and let it stay fit along with you.
- Keep a towel handy: Any water droplet in the paws or ears of the pet cause frostbite so wipe if the pet with the towel as soon as it comes in.
- Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia: The risk of these conditions is really high when the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Signs of hypothermia include slow pulse, shallow breathing, collapse or unconsciousness. Frostbite affects the poorly insulated body parts like ears and paws. So if you find any symptoms of these in your pet, meet your vet immediately.
- Stick to the fenced dog parks: The death rate of the pets or missing pets increases during winter possibly because the dogs lose your scent in the snow or ice and couldn’t find you and get lost in the snow.
- Avoid salt: Avoid roads where road salt has been used to melt the ice. This is extremely dangerous for the pet and pet’s paws. When the pet licks it’s paws it causes stomach upset and even death because of the harmful chemicals used in the salt.
- Don’t leave the pet in car: Don’t leave the pets in car for longer time. The pets freeze in the cold if the heater fails to work. This leads to hypothermia in pets.
There you have it! Take care of your furry friends this winter with the easy tips and make them feel comfortable as you do.