Cold, cold winters spare no one – including your pet. When there is a sudden dip in temperatures and the ground is coated in snow, it can take a toll on your pet. So it’s important to closely monitor your pet’s health during these periods and adopt a routine that ensures they are comfortable, active, and happy. Here are a few handy tips to keep your pet safe and sound this winter:
1. Petroleum Jelly to The Rescue
Take time to inspect your pet when you come back home after taking them for a walk outside. Your pet’s paws are susceptible to frostbite. You can help to prevent frostbite by massaging their paws with petroleum jelly to protect their pads. You should contact a veterinarian immediately if you notice redness, cracks, or bleeding on the paws. To help locate a nearby veterinarian for immediate attention, or simply get online help and chat with a veterinarian 24/7, you can download and use the Activ4Pets app: http://www.activ4pets.com/mobile-app/
2. Be Aware of Dangers Posed by Cars
Your car may be relatively harmless to pets when parked, but during winter months may pose a heightened threat to your pet’s health or even life. For instance, cats love cozy, warm nooks and crannies when they’re cold. So before starting your engine, give your car a thorough check to ensure your pet has not made itself comfortable in any area by climbing into the mechanical region via access under the car or above the car’s wheels. Use a flashlight or make a loud noise to get your cat’s attention.
When it comes to dogs, leaving them locked in a car can prove fatal. During the winter months, you car is like a refrigerator on wheels and your pet could suffer from hypothermia or even suffocate. If you absolutely can’t leave your dog behind, place warm blankets and water in your car to ensure they are safe. Consider leaving the windows slightly open to avoid suffocation. You should never leave your pet unattended inside a car for a long period of time.
Winters can be particularly harsh on older dogs. If your dog suffers from arthritis, it’s condition might worsen during this season, but it’s crucial that you keep up with the exercise regimen that has been recommended by your veterinarian. Choose a dry spot indoors or a non-slippery area in your neighborhood, so your dog can exercise with ease. Reward your pet with a warm, comfy corner at home for him to rest in after exercising. Supplements usually help to relieve pain, so get in touch with your veterinarian through Activ4Pets for a prescription.
“No Shave Winters”
Your pet’s coat of fur serves as protection from the cold, so make sure they are left with it for winter months. Many pet owners shave their pet’s fur too close to the skin. If you are afraid that your pet’s coat may attract ice crystals or lethal chemicals, a simple trim should do the trick, rather than shaving. During cold months, cut down on frequent baths to prevent your pet’s skin from drying out. You can instead focus on wiping and moisturizing so your pet remains clean. If your pet has allergies and must be bathed frequently, ask your veterinarian to recommend a gentle shampoo.
Clear The Antifreeze
Antifreeze and deicers can be your savior during harsh winters, but they can prove fatal to your pets. Thoroughly inspect the area around your car or machinery and clean up all traces of antifreeze if any is found. Even small spills can be lethal if ingested by your pet.
So, What Else?
Blizzards and power outages are common during this time so stock up on food, water, and medicines. If you notice any signs of distress or discomfort in your pet, contact your veterinarian right away.
Alertness and preparation are key to tackling any problems posed for your pets during one of nature’s harshest seasons.