Keep your pets warm this winter!!!

Tuesday 27 February 2018

With the colder weather that we are experiencing throughout the country, it’s vital to remember our furry friends too as the cold can affect them more than we know. So here are a few tips to help you prepare for cold and the snow which has arrived and expected in many places around the country.

Let’s also remember those of us who have outdoor pets too!
  • Pets are safer indoors in freezing weather.
  • Dogs need outside exercise but only for limited periods.
  • Limit time outdoors, especially to prevent frostbite on ear tips, paws and the end of the tail. If you suspect frostbite, seek veterinary attention.
  • If your pet lives outside, make sure there is some sort of shelter or lifted surface—preferably with a bed, warm blanket or pillow, or lined with straw as insulation—and off the cold ground.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather. In the winter, a car is just like a refrigerator, trapping the cold air, which can cause your pet to freeze to death.
  • It takes more energy and calories in the winter to regulate your pet’s temperature.
The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice may irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe the feet with a damp towel every time when coming in from outdoors—even if you don’t see salt on the walkways.
  • Antifreeze has a sweet taste and can be fatal if swallowed.
  • Some pets, such as reptiles or tropical fish, may be temperature-sensitive to cold air. Pay attention to room temperatures to ensure that these pets don’t get chilled.
  • Cats may climb onto vehicle engines seeking warmth during cold weather. Severe, sometimes fatal injury can result from being struck by a moving fan belt.
  • Have enough pet food, fresh water, warm bedding and any medications your pet takes on a regular basis on-hand, to last a few days in case roads are closed 
  • Keep your pet on a leash at all times in snowy or icy conditions, as dogs in particular can lose their scent during a snowstorm and become lost.
  • Dogs lose most of their body heat from their paw pads, ears and through respiration. If your dog is comfortable in clothing, a sweater or coat with a high collar or a turtleneck that covers your dog from the tail to tummy are ideal.
Signs that your pet might be uncomfortable and ready to come inside include whining, shivering, anxiety and lethargy. Even healthy older pets can be less able to tolerate cold temperatures. In general, young, old, ill or pregnant pets are less able to tolerate temperature extremes.

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