Here in Houston we basically have two seasons. There is hotter than hot, and where’s my coat, scarf, mittens and umbrella. But that doesn’t mean we don’t prepare for winter weather just like everyone else does. Winter weather brings with it a different set of challenges for keeping your pet safe and secure no matter where you may be located. As parents we need to make sure the kids are bundled up, even if you do laugh at us wearing five layers of clothing when it’s 38 degrees outside. As pet owners we need to consider what our precious pets need to keep them healthy and happy.
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- Shelter from the storm. If you dog is an outdoor dog make sure to insulate their dog house and keep the entry away from winds. Our Toby can’t stand to be outside for longer than it takes to go potty – unless there’s a W-A-L-K involved. If your dog is an indoor dog like Toby you may want to consider using mittens for their paws or sweaters to keep them warm when going outside no matter what the reason. The change in temperatures are a shock to them, just like they are to us. If you do use mittens or sweaters be sure to be able to keep you precious pup in sight, as they may get into danger if left unsupervised. Limit time outdoors.
- Proper paw care (and fur). If you don’t use paw mittens, be sure to wash off your pets paws after being outside. Salt and other chemicals can get in their paws when outside and then they come in with them on their paws and in their coat. They may lick their paws to remove it and end up sick, or worse. Wash paws carefully and make sure they are dry before your pet heads back outside. Be sure to brush your dog regularly so that their winter coat comes in beautifully without matting and tangles.
- Happiness with hydration. Make sure that your dog’s water dish is fresh and clean. You may need to fill it more frequently as their winter coat comes in and they may be feeling more thirsty. Cold temperatures can cause outdoor water to freeze over. Be sure to use plastic bowls when outside. While the kid with his tongue stuck to the frozen pole in “A Christmas Story” may have been a funny moment it’s not so fun with its the real deal and your precious pet.
- Never leave your dog in the car. You may be aware of the dangers of leaving your pet in a car during the summer months, but during the winter months can be dangerous too. If the car is left running their is a chance of carbon monoxide poisoning or accidentally hitting the gear shift with an excited animal in the car.
- Winter proof your home. If your feet feel cold on the floor there is a chance your dog will too. Not only can winter proofing your home by addressing cracks or where cold air can sneak in protect your pet but it can also help with that pesky electric bill. Provide warm spots for your pet to rest whether it is as simple as a blanket or a bed.
- Shut off the space heater. Many homes maybe using a space heater for a little extra warmth in rooms. However an excited dog could possible be burned or knock over the space heater causing the possibility of a fire.
- Be aware of anti-freeze. Our pets are curious creatures and like to explore the smelly things around them. Anti freeze may be left on driveways making it a tempting “treat” to your pets. Consider using a pet-safe antifreeze, which is free of ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol is the chemical that makes the antifreeze sweet and appealing, but toxic to your dog.
- Make walks wonderful. In addition to the tips above, make walking time wonderful but using a front clip harness and a solid leash as opposed to a retractable one. With the dangers in the environment keeping your pet close at hand can keep them safe from many of the winter weather dangers.
- Exercise alternatives. With winter weather your dog may not be as excited about going outside. Consider play alternatives in the house and provide more opportunities for play.
- Make your pets nutrition nourishing. Pets may require more nutrition or a different type during the winter months to accommodate more or less exercise, winter coats as well as changes in climate which can cause their skin to be dry and itchy. Add extra treats to their diet for extra energy they may be using to stay warm outside.
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