Winter is Coming – How to Get Your Pet Ready!

Winter is Coming - How to Get Your Pet Ready

As we discover ourselves in the midst of the winter season, it is critical to pay attention to our pets while they are outdoors.

When temperatures get into the twenties and under, with whipping winds, pets can go through critical health problems.

Besides not leaving your dog, cat or every other animal out of doors for too long, there are numerous different precautionary measures you can take to take care of your loving pet.

I don’t favor going nuts over buying every trinket imaginable for my pets, but there are a few that make a lot of sense when it’s cold and windy out.

For dogs and horses, it’s a good idea to purchase a winter coat.

I have an all-weather coat for my dog that’s made of a nylon material on the outside and fleece on the inside.
This provides warmth as well as protection from the snow and rain. It attaches via one velcro strap that goes from one side to the other side of the dog around her belly.

As for cats, they don’t often take kindly to coats, but do your best to keep them inside during winter storms.

They can easily get disoriented under very bad conditions. I’d rather have more litter box duty to handle than find myself driving around the neighborhood trying to track down a cold, wet cat!

I don’t use “booties” for my dog, but some people actively use them for cats and dogs.

For the most part, this is only necessary for animals that have very sensitive paws. These booties slide on the animal’s feet and keep them warm and dry.

As you can imagine, going to this extreme isn’t necessary for most animals, just don’t leave them outside for very long, use a coat and try to keep them off heavily salted streets – which can badly sting paws.

Lastly, I wanted to provide a few quick comments about fish and bird care.

You may think that since your fish and birds are always in the house, you don’t need to take any precautions when it’s very cold – not right.Despite keeping the heat level in your house at the usual level, cold weather outside may create more frigid temperatures inside.

Make sure your fish tank water is at the normal temperature and hasn’t fallen due to the cold.

If you have a pet bird, make sure he or she is out of any draft and is nice and warm – especially at night.

Extended periods of cold temperatures for pet birds can be fatal. You probably do this already, but put an extra warm towel or sheet over the bird cage when it’s unusually cold.

If you follow these few basic tips, you are more likely to have happy, healthy pets amidst the winter time cold!

For a bitterly cold day better choose a fleece-lined waterproof coat or sweatshirt, wraps are also a good choice, but you should make sure that it covers the neck, rump, and all four legs thereby keeping the pet comfortable and protect their vital parts.

Consider these points while selecting a coat or jacket:

1. The coat should not restrict your pet’s movement.

2. It should not be loose or tight fit.

3. Minimize the risk of allergy by avoiding the use of synthetic fibers especially the part that comes in direct touch with the skin.

4. A reflective stripe should be fixed on the coat to spot the pet in the dark.

5. Pets clothes should be washed daily so better to buy two sets.

6. It is important to groom the pet twice a day after removing the cloth as fur can get tangled and breed infection.

7. Always use blankets at night to keep your pets warm and safe. Use of heater can cause dehydration.

These are some of the tips that you need to follow when taking care of your pets especially during the winter season.

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