Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tips For Keeping Pets Warm & Health Druing The Winter

The winter months can pose a number of expected health threats to pets, ranging from frigid temperature to salt scattered on sidewalks. 

Just as we wear clothes and eat differently when the seasons change, pet's grooming and nutritional needs also vary. By taking some basic precaution, the needs of our furry friends, responsible pet owners can help their cats or dogs make it through the winter in good health.

Water, water everywhere.  If your pet is kept outdoors, be sure it always has a fresh supply of water and check frequently to be sure the water has not frozen.

Open door policy.  Increased numbers of visitors during the holiday season may provide an opportunity for your pet to slip out the door unnoticed. Keep an eye on your car or dog when guests arrive and depart, and be sure your pet has proper identification in case it does get out.

Fatal attraction.  When refilling your car's radiator, be sure to clean up any spilled antifreeze.  Ethylene glycol has a sweet taste to both dogs and cats and is highly toxic.

Dry cleaning.  Do not neglect pet grooming in the winter.  While a regular bath is unwise unless you have a good dryer, coming and even dry bathing will keep your pet's coat clean and healthy and reduce order.  Otherwise see a professional groomer who has the right tools and dryers to provide a professional grooming for your pet.

The big chill.  Do not leave your pet outside for long periods of time.  Low body temperature can quickly result and can lead to death.  If the wind chill index is below 20 degrees, do not take small house pets, older dogs and cat, or short haired dogs outside.  If you must take your pet out in cold weather dress your pet in a knit sweater or fleece jacket which will give your pet an added layer of protection.

Scat cat.  Before starting your car on cold days, honk the horn to scare away any cat that may be hiding in the warm engine compartment.

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