Unless you are in the desert southwest of the United States or you live below the equator, right now you are freezing. If you have pets, it’s important to take special care to keep them warm and safe during this kind of weather. Below are some helpful tips to help with the four-footed furry friends.
- Keep pets indoors if at all possible. A walk outside every few hours will give them the exercise and relief they need.
- If you do have dog that has to stay outside, make sure it has an enclosure big enough to stand up in and turn around. The floor should be a few inches off the ground and spread with straw. The opening should have a flap to keep out wind and rain.
- Pets staying outside require more food to keep their body temperature regulated. Water should be in a plastic dish, not metal. Their tongue can freeze to the cold metal. Check it regularly to make sure the water is not frozen.
- After walking pets, wipe their paws to keep them clean and dry. Road salt can build up on their feet and it’s not something they need to ingest. Protecting pads with booties can also keep feet warmer.
- Remember that cats and wildlife may climb under a vehicle or inside the hood to gain warmth. Beat on the hood before starting your car to scare them away and prevent injury.
Animals are subject to frostbite the same as humans. Noses, ears, and feet can become frozen before other body parts. Help keep your companions as warm as you would like to be.
Do you have other tips for taking care of pets during cold weather?