Winter Pet Tips

Furry Friends Winter Tips

Keep your pets safe and warm this winter with our tips: provide warm shelter, protective gear, paw care, regular exercise, and watch for hypothermia

Winter can be a magical time of the year, with snow covered landscapes and cozy nights sitting by the fireplace. While we bundle up to keep warm, it’s also essential to take special care of our pets. We’ve compiled some helpful tips to keep your fur babies happy and safe all winter long.

Warm Shelter

Insulated shelter, whether indoor or outdoor, is crucial to keeping your pets safe and healthy during inclement weather. If your pet likes to spend time outdoors, a shelter to protect them from the elements should be provided as a safe retreat. Make sure any bedding inside is dry to avoid possible hypothermia. Never leave your pet unattended in the cold.

An Extra Layer of Protection

While some pets, such as Siberian Huskies, have thick coats suitable for cold weather climates, others may need an extra layer to protect them. There are a wide variety of options when it comes to winter pet gear such as waterproof coats. For a small investment, you can ensure that your pet is safe and warm when playing outdoors. It’s important to make sure to get the right fit that adequately covers them and does not restrict natural movement.

Protect Their Nose and Paws

Ice and snow can be particularly harsh on pets. De-icing chemicals, such as salt, can be toxic and also damage their pads. You can opt for salt free pet friendly ice melt, which is a much safer choice. Always check the label to be sure the product you are using is pet safe.

Booties designed specifically for pets are another way to protect their paws. There are also nose and paw butters that can be applied before going outdoors to add an extra layer of protection.

Keep Active

Cold winter weather is not cause for hibernation. Routine exercise is crucial to your pets overall well-being. It’s important to be mindful of temperatures and adjust the duration of their outdoor recreation. Shorter walks or playtime at more frequent intervals will allow them to keep active without being exposed to excessive cold for too long.

Watch for Hypothermia

Being aware of the signs of hypothermia in pets in crucial. If you see any symptoms of lethargy, shivering, slow and shallow breathing or disorientation, bring them indoors immediately and wrap them in warm blankets. This is a time to seek help from your veterinarian immediately! Always keep their emergency number readily available.

Keep Hydrated

Just like people, our pets need to stay hydrated in any type of climate, including winter. Make sure to always keep a bowl of fresh water readily available at all times. Avoid using metal bowls outdoors, which could cause your pets tongue to get stuck to the surface in frigid temperatures.

Nutritional Requirements

Cold weather can affect metabolism. As a result, pets may need extra calories to stay warm. This could mean an added topper to their regular meals, which should always be balanced and nutritious. Consult your vet or pet nutritionist to determine the proper addition to your pets normal diet during the colder months.

Keep Up With Grooming

Avoid water baths during really cold temperatures. Grooming wipes and waterless bath shampoo are alternative methods to keep them clean. Make sure excess fur between paw pads is neatly trimmed to avoid slipping on ice and snow build up. Always have an absorbent towel or pet shammy on hand to dry them. Never shave your pet’s coat too short, especially if they are a breed with a double coat. That fur is there to protect them against the elements in any type of weather, especially the cold. Brushing your pet daily removes any loose hair and also promotes good circulation.

Indoor Entertainment

Cold weather can limit outdoor activities. Providing indoor entertainment to keep your pet mentally stimulated is something to consider. Interactive toys, games, puzzle feeders, and spending quality time playing together can help alleviate boredom.

Keep Them on a Leash

Harsh winter landscapes can be confusing to pets, especially if snow and ice cover their familiar landmarks and scents. Keeping your furry companion on a leash when outdoors can help to prevent disorientation and getting lost. It’s also crucial to keep your pets off frozen ponds, rivers, and lakes, which could pose a drowning risk.

Winter can be a joyful time with our beloved pets. By following these tips, you’ll be prepared to navigate the challenges of the colder months to keep your furry family members healthy, safe, cozy and warm!

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