Protect your pet from the chilly touch of winter

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Hi Everyone,

We are having an early stretch of cold weather in San Antonio, so I thought I’d pass along these tips from Animal Care Services for keeping pets safe in freezing temperatures:

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The best way to protect your pets during the winter? Bring them inside!
Pets (especially cats) are safer indoors. Can’t have your pet inside the house? Purchase an insulated dog house or build a protective enclosure that shields your pet from the elements and gives them a safe, warm place to rest.

Certain pets are more vulnerable to cold temperatures than others.
Shorthaired dogs, very young or old dogs and all cats should not be left outside during winter months. Shorthaired dogs may benefit from a sweater while outside.

Pets who spend much of their day outdoors will need some extra food throughout the winter months.
That’s because they use up more energy trying to stay warm. A few extra kibbles won’t hurt but make sure your pet is getting daily exercise if they’re prone to weight gain.

Always provide fresh, clean water regardless of the season.
Check water daily and clean bowls regularly to prevent algae growth.

Be mindful of your pets while winterizing your car.
Antifreeze is deadly to pets who are attracted to its sweet taste. Store all chemicals out of reach especially if you’re going to bring your pets into the garage on cold nights.

Before heading out to warm up the car, bang on the hood a time or two.
A warm engine can be a welcome spot for a cold cat and the noise should scare them away before you start the engine.
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Take care, and give your dogs a hug for me!

Jean

Dec 06, 2011 | 0 | animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Home Health Care for Dogs