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Polar Vortex! Winter Pet Safety Tips

Winter Pet Safety Tips
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It’s high time you need to be conscious of winter pet safety tips.  Yes, the recent bone-chilling cold that has hit the United States is causing more problem for pets when compared to humans. We all know how to handle these temperatures by wearing layers and layers of warm clothing.

Right from mitts or gloves, neck warmers, and headgears to scarves to prevent frostbite.

What about your pet?

Pets do feel the cold just like us and don’t assume that their coat would give them protection from the deep freeze. We need to ensure that our pets feel safe and warm as we are hoping to be.

Try to note down these simple tips to protect pets from cold weather

  • Have a fresh supply of drinking water always available for your pets. Avoid metal containers and monitor water sources to prevent freezing.
  • You can also use automatic watering systems or heated water bowls if you cannot supervise this activity.
  • Snow will not quench your pet’s thirst. Kindly avoid it.
  • Antifreeze is dangerous. Never allow spills and clean up as soon as possible. If you believe your dog has ingested it, call your vet without wasting a second.
  • Signs of antifreeze poisoning include
  • In cold condition, avoid pushing your pets into stressful or strenuous activity.
  • Check your pet’s paws. They are easily prone to injuries caused by salt and ice. Young, senior, and short-haired animals are more prone to the cold.
  • Dog boots and coats can prevent these kinds of injuries.
  • Keep all your pets inside during a snowstorm. Pets are susceptible to disorientation.
  • Running vehicles can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and temperatures in cars can drop quite rapidly. If possible, leave your pets under the care of family and friends.
  • Ensure that all your pets are always dry and clean. Their coat loses strength to keep them safe when it gets cold.
  • Pavement and road salts are toxic to pets and drag them if they resort to licking. Try to avoid stepping in that area and sincerely clean your dog’s paws.
  • Small animals take a liking for warmth coming from heaters, running engines, and mufflers. Before turning on the ignition, tap on the hood of your car to save any animal that might be hiding.
  • Horses can handle cold temperature and do not need to be blanketed. They don’t take well to moisture and wind.
  • Clipped horses should be ideally blanketed. Horses whose ears and head are clipped should remain inside.
  • Provide them with enough nutritious food.
  • Ice can cause fracture injuries to horses.
  • If transporting horses, ensure the vehicle is safely set up.

The bottom line is you better treat your pets like your family members with love and care.

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