The gang at PetsWelcome is preparing for winter and that means we are pulling out our long sleeve shirts, coats, and putting away all the summer and fall clothing. Our pets are also noticing the temperature changes and have been snuggling a little closer to us.
Every season brings with it fun places to travel and activities to do with our pets, but it also brings about new things to be aware of such as chemicals that are harmful to our pets, weather changes that can be harsh on them, and decorations and plants that could be dangerous.
We love our pets and know you do too. As we all prepare for winter weather and frosty mornings, keep the following tips in mind:
- Keep pets indoors as much as possible in cold weather. When they go out, stay with them. When you’re cold enough to go in, your pet is probably ready to return inside too.
- Make sure that your pet always has fresh, non-frozen drinking water.
- If you live near a pond or lake, be especially careful of ice. Keep your pet on a leash and stay with them when outdoors so they don’t run across the ice and risk falling through.
- Pets who go outdoors can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. Keep your pet’s pads from getting chapped and raw by wiping their feet with a washcloth when they come inside.
- Check under your car hood, honk, or rap on the hood before you start your car or truck engine. A cold cat will curl up against almost anything–including engines–to stay warm.