- Keep pets indoors. Regardless of the season, dogs and cats should never be left outdoors unsupervised. Pets that are kept inside are healthier and happier! When dogs must go outside for exercise and to use the restroom, kept the trips short and keep your dog active to keep their body warm. Short haired and smaller dogs may be more comfortable in a jacket or a sweater. Also, don't shave your pet down during the winter as a longer coat will keep them warmer.
- Outdoor or feral cats may seek shelter under the hoods of cars during the winter. If the car is started, the cat may be injured. To avoid this, tap loudly on the hood of your car before getting in to give the cat a chance to get out.
- Puppies do not tolerate the cold very well and may be difficult to housetrain during the winter. An alternative is to papertrain your puppy to go indoors until the weather warms up.
- Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep, elevated off of the floor to avoid drafts, and with a cozy blanket.
- Just as you would not leave your dog in a car during the summer, it can also be dangerous during the winter. Your car can act as a refrigerator during the cold weather and cause dangerous freezing conditions for your pet.
- If your neighborhood is home to feral cats, you can help them during the winter by building a cat shelter.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Cold Weather Pet Tips
As the cold front blew into town over the past weekend, it's a harsh reminder that winter isn't over yet! Here are some ways that you can keep your pets safe and warm until Spring arrives.