Robert G. Ackerman, PhD, AMP
Brr! It's that time again'winter. Sometimes I think nothing can compare to the cold Winnipeg winters from when I was a kid. I quickly learned how to keep my pet Bailey warm during the winter months.
Brr! It's that time again-winter. Sometimes I think nothing can compare to the cold Winnipeg winters from when I was a kid. I quickly learned how to keep my pet Bailey warm during the winter months.
This winter ensure that you are able to help your pet cope with the harsh weather ahead. This is especially important if your pet spends a lot of time outside.
If left outside in the cold, your pet's water and food can cause illness or in some cases even death. Make sure that you use a high quality pet food that has extra fat. Avoid metal bowls in winter because the water will have a higher chance of freezing or getting too cold. Either way, be sure to regularly check your pet's drinking water.
If your pet sleeps outdoors make sure that it has a clean, draft-free insulated place to sleep that is raised off the ground to keep away moisture and cold. If you can, it is better to have your pet inside during these months.
Do not leave antifreeze in an open container because it contains a toxic chemical, ethylene glycol, which can be fatal to pets, wildlife, and children. Look for antifreeze with a safer chemical like propylene glycol instead and always make sure it is kept out of reach from your pet. Keep your pet away from the chemicals used in road salt because they can cause severe irritation or burns to its claws.
Take special care of older pets and very young ones because it is harder for them to regulate their body temperature. Even though it's cold outside, pets still need exercise. To keep your pet warm on walks, the shorthair breeds may require a dog coat or jacket. Older dogs may also need jackets as they may find it difficult to keep themselves warm on their own. Pets are also susceptible to frostbite on their feet and ears. If not treated immediately these areas can be severely damaged.
Winterize your pet this season with these considerations in mind. This will help ensure that you and your pet enjoy the winter season. You will have a happier pet as a result.
Other Pet Warming and Safety Tips
When putting up decorations for the holidays, be conscious of where you place poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe. If your pets ingest these plants, there is the risk of stomach upset or death.