Are you a pet owner or, even better, a first-time pet owner?
Winter comes with a lot of joys and plenty of dangers and we are all used to face them. But have you wondered what the cold temperatures, frost and ice-melting chemicals can do for your pet? You still have to walk your furry friend even if it’s winter and take extra measures to protect the health and safety of your pet.
Today we will see a few ways to make sure you know the proper way how to care for your pet during winter time.
Not all pets can walk with booties, but you can treat their paws with pet-safe wax or oil so their paws don’t suffer damages from frost or antifreeze chemicals poured on the streets. After you come back from your walk, clean the pet’s paws with a cloth or with warm water to warm it up and remove the debris, oil and chemicals from its paws.
In winter, the streets and walking areas can be filled with anti-ice chemicals, salt, antifreeze leaked from cars, small objects hidden under the snow layer and plenty of toxic substances. Walk the pet far from the garage or the sidewalk – as in winter they are the main sources of leaked antifreeze, gas, oils, chemicals and debris. Don’t let the pet eat snow or lick ice – it can be heavily contaminated by chemicals coming from sidewalks treatments and vehicles among others.
Winter clothes for pets are not a new thing, but they are becoming more and more popular, especially if you live in an area with very low winter temperatures, strong winds and endless days of frost. Pets catch colds and can develop pneumonia just like we do. The problem with them is that they can’t tell us when they feel sick or describe their symptoms, this is why we need to prevent any health damages they can suffer because of cold.
Dogs and cats that go outside should be kept well dressed while going out, but pets which never get out of the house should also be kept safe. Birds, hamsters, Guinea pigs and other furry or feathery friends have to stay away from drafty windows and doors. You also need to make sure the room temperature doesn’t go below the one recommended to them to feel comfortable and protected.
Your car is a safe haven for stray cats and small animals looking for shelter under your car or car engine. Don’t start driving before you check behind tires, under the car or tapping the hood of the car to prevent harming the sleepy animals. Also, make sure that when you travel with your pet in the car during winter you have some extra blankets to keep it warm in case you leave it in the car while running errands or end up on the side of the road. Safety harnesses are also a good idea if the roads are slippery.
Do you have a pet? How do you keep it safe in winter? Do you take even more extra measures to protect its health?