Winter Safety Tips for Pet Owners

As the chilly winds start to blow and you prepare for the holiday season, think of your furry little friends too. Animals, like humans, are also prone to falling sick due to the cold. However, if you make the necessary arrangements for them, they can enjoy the winters along with you, instead of dreading the cold and snow.

Your pet’s tolerance to the cold might be very different from yours, or even from other pets in your household. Therefore, it’s important to know what your pet’s cold tolerance is so that you can make the necessary preparations. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your pet is warm and comfortable during the winter season.

1. Switch up Your Pet’s Sleeping Places

Provide comfortable bedding and a blanket to your pet when it’s time for them to sleep. They might change places themselves and shift to somewhere warmer, so give your pet the space and liberty to move sleeping places.

2. Stay Indoors

It is a common misconception that cats and dogs do not feel as cold as humans do. While these animals do have an extra layer of fur to keep them slightly warm, when the temperatures drop too much, these animals can get hypothermia and frostbite, too. Set the thermostat to 75 to 78 degrees, ideally.

If not treated immediately, the cold could claim your pet’s life as well. So, encourage your pets to stay indoors as much as possible, taking them out only to walk them or to relieve themselves under your supervision.

3. Make Cutesy Clothes

If you see your lovely babies shivering, give them an additional layer of protection from the cold. Knit them cute sweaters, mufflers, and socks that they can wear during the winters. These items of clothing will keep them warm and also earn them a gazillion compliments for looking so adorable! If you can’t make them yourself, Amazon has a huge collection of winter clothes for your pets that you can buy.

4. Minimize Bath Times

Try to bathe your pets before the winter season starts, so you don’t have to bathe them for as long as possible during the winter. Only bathe your pet in the winter when it’s absolutely necessary. Also, do not shave down your pet dog or cat just before winters. Their fur is their natural shield against the cold weather, and stripping them of it will leave them vulnerable to the cold.

5. Increase Their Feed Slightly

Don’t be surprised if you notice an increase in your pet’s appetite during the cold seasons. They burn a lot of calories in an attempt to regulate their body temperatures and keep warm, so increase their daily portions of food a slight bit. Check in with your vet, though, as your vet will be able to tell you how much you should increase their food intake by.

6. Keep an Eye on Their Paws

Cats and dogs can get dry, cracked paws from walking on the cold, frosty ground. Make them little socks that they can wear when going out, and rub a little Vaseline on their paws to keep them moisturized.

7. Keep Toxic Substances Out of Reach

You should also ensure that anti-freeze and other substances are kept out of the reach of your pets, as ingesting these products could prove fatal for them. While you enjoy your mug of hot chocolate, make sure your pets don’t get a taste of it, as cats and dogs cannot metabolize chocolate like humans do, and it might result in an upset stomach and diarrhea for them. This will negatively affect their health.

By taking just a few precautionary measures, you can make sure that the winter season is fun for both you and your pets.

If the cold has you feeling a little under the weather, let Little Friends Pet Sitting and Dog Walking take your dog out for his regular walk, while you snuggle in the blankets at home. Call us at 704.340.8102 to know more.

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