With extreme weather happening all over the country, what better time to discuss some ways to properly care for your pets during the winter months. While some pets are fully capable of enduring the colder weather, others need a little special attention. Consider these tips for helping your pets during these harsh winter months.
1.) The Weather Channel recommends taking your pet in for a check up when winter approaches, to make sure there isn’t an unknown health problem putting your pet at an increased risk.
2.) After allowing your pet outside, be sure to clean his or her paws when she returns inside. According to the American Humane Society, “Tender pads can be injured from salts and other ice-melting chemicals.”
3.) Be aware that outdoor pets need more calories during the winter months as they burn more in their efforts to keep warm when the temperatures drop. Talk to your vet about appropriately increasing your pet’s caloric intake based on the amount of time they spend outside during the winter.
4.) Regularly check your pet’s outside water source. With seriously low temperatures, especially at night, your pet’s water supply may freeze faster than you think. According to the website HealthyPet.com, “Animals who don’t have clean accessible water will turn to gutters and puddles” – which can inadvertently lead to them ingesting any number of dangerous things (such as antifreeze, oil, etc.) that have run off into these water sources.
5.) Consider adding a glucosamine supplement to your pet’s daily routine. Colder temperatures can lead to an increase in joint discomfort and stiffness. Giving your pet a glucosamine supplement can help them regain mobility and get around easier.
6.) If your pet must be outside for any period of time, make sure he or she has an appropriate shelter available. The American Humane Society suggests, “a draft-free shelter large enough to stand and turn around in, yet small enough to retain body heat. Use a layer of straw or other bedding material to help insulate your pet against the cold.”
There are a number of other precautions you may need to take when caring for your pet this winter, but these are a few to implement right away. If you have questions or concerns about your pet’s needs during the winter, definitely talk to your veterinarian.
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