Winter is no different when it comes to its weather and safety concerns to keep our pets safe. Here are three ways you can keep your furry loved ones happy throughout the winter.
Take caution of the cold: If you’re going out and want to bring your pet along, make sure pets are allowed ahead of time so they don’t stay out in the cold. If they aren’t, leaving them at home is your best option where they can keep warm and be just as comfortable. If you live in bitterly cold areas, keeping them warm indoors is the best way to go to make your pets happier.
Keep them away from cold-weather chemicals: When taking your four-legged pals out for a walk, double check the sidewalk is durable for a walk. Salt and other chemicals that are used to melt the snow and ice easier, can irritate the pads of their feet. Always wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them, causing them to irritate his/her mouth. Antifreeze (car freeze) has a sweet taste that attracts to dogs. A simple lick is still poisonous to them. If antifreeze chemicals are needed, consider switching to a Propylene Glycol product, which is much safer.
Grooming and feeding: Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make sure the water is fresh and unfrozen. Instead of metal bowls, use plastic bowls for the winter. When temperature weather is low, their tongue can stick and freeze to their bowl. When it comes to grooming, if you normally have their fur clipped or shaved, keep the length longer during the winter, giving them a permanent warm coat. If you bathe him at home, make sure he is 100% dry before stepping outside.
Always remember, speak out if you see a pet left in the cold by politely letting the owner know you’re concerned for their safety. If it does not go well, make sure to document what you see and have proof to boost your case. Contact your local animal control agency for help as soon as you can.