Cold weather is stressful for us and our pets. Our pets need more attention during this time of the year. As winter is approaching, here are a few tips for protecting the pets from winter:
- Keep pets indoors as much as possible during cold weather. Like humans, animals can get frostbite, hypothermia and infectious diseases when exposed to cold weather.
- When your pet goes out for a bathroom break, stay out with him. If it is too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet also. If your dog begins to shiver when you’re out for a walk, bring it inside immediately.
- Short coated animals may need sweater or a jacket when they are outside.
- When you bring a pet in after a walk, wipe its paws and underside, so that no salt or ice is trapped between the toes, or buy them boots. Do not allow your pets to run on frozen water in ponds or lakes.
- Dogs, cats and wildlife find antifreeze (ethylene glycol) quite tasty due to its sweet taste, and if they find antifreeze they’ll drink it. It is highly toxic and generally fatal. Always clean any spills thoroughly. Alternative antifreeze products that are less toxic are available in market. Propylene glycol e.g., is far less toxic than ethylene glycol.
- Cats and wildlife can find shelter in vehicles. Banging on the hood of your car before starting the engine should scare out any animal hiding.
- Keep cages of birds, hamsters, guinea pigs and other small animals away from doors and windows.