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Winter, that brutal time of the year where cold seeps in through
the floor. There doesn’t seem to be a way to winter proof
everything. That’s why it’s important to take some precautions –
especially when it comes to the health of our pets. Our furry
friends may seem like they don’t need much help out in the snow
because of their naturally thick coats. But not all pets are the
same. Each breed experiences the cold weather in a different
way.When you see the tell-tale signs of snow, get ready for a
blizzard. As soon as the temperature drops, start making changes
to your pet’s routine so that you can keep him comfortable, safe,
and happy until the spring. Here are a few things you can do in
order to ward your pet from the cold.
Take Good Care of His PawsThe parts that are
not covered by fur – the tail, ears, and legs are more
susceptible to frostbite. There isn’t much you can do to
protect his ears or tail without causing him discomfort.
However, you ca still take good care of his paws by getting his
some booties so he can walk comfortably this winter. You could
also limit your walking duration or only go out on walks during
the day while the sun is out. Booties not only protect against
the cold, but they also protect against dangerous chemicals
such as deicers.
Adjust His Calorie Intake In Accordance With Daily
ActivityYour pet will burn more calories during the
winter. This is because more energy is needed in order to keep
the body warm. Some dogs are crazy about the snow. They may
even go outside 4 – 6 times a day to just play in the winter
wonderland. Make sure you adjust their calorie intake
accordingly on these days so they get enough nutrients and
minerals to be comfortable.
Play Games With His FoodSome pets are hesitant
to go out for walks during the winter. Their physical activity
will decrease when this is the case and that can lead to
unnecessary medical conditions that could otherwise have been
avoided. Instead of making him go outside, play games with his
food so that he can get some physical activity out of it. It’s
a great method to get him moving and keep him active.
Never Take Him Off The LeashAlthough your dog
might love running around in the snow, it is not as safe as it
is during warmer months. He could wander onto a lake that’s
still freezing over and fall in or simply get hit by a vehicle
because there isn’t much you can see in the thick snow.
The best thing to do for your pet this winter is be careful. Take
special care to get him to exercise but also be careful of the
dangers lurking outside. Better safe than sorry. So prepare for
this weather change accordingly.
How To Prepare Your Pet For Winter
You must have heard people saying how dogs have fur to protect
them from the cold and all. While it’s true that their fur does
protect them from the cold when the temperature drops below
bearable limits, it’s time to save your pet from the winter.
There are different strategies you can adopt for keeping your pet
away from the cold. You can come up with fun ways to ensure both
you and your pet stay away from the cold. Below are some of the
ways in which you can keep your pet warm.
Warm clothesYou can
either buy clothes for your pet or have them custom made. There
are beautiful designs available in the pet stores and all you
have to do pick a nice one for your pet. They will keep your
pet warm for the rest of the winter.
Keep the paws
warmOften, your pets will get a cold from their paws or
legs. It is important that you keep them warm to ensure that
the rest of your pet’s body stays warm. You can use socks or
have them wrapped up when your pet is resting or sleeping.
Keep them indoorsFor
most of the time, keep your pets indoor. However, you might
have to take them out for a walk. So, ensure that they have
their coats on. Also, make sure you avoid the ice, if any of it
hydratedWater is important to regulate body temperatures
and make sure your pet is drinking plenty of water to keep the
body hydrated. Use a plastic bowl because metal bowls tend to
freeze more often.
requires calories to produce heat and for that your pet will
need more treats. Along with the treat, ensure that the diet is
proper and consists of the essential nutrition which are needed
for heat production.
spotsEveryone likes sitting at places that are nice and
warm. Then why should it be different for your pets? Keep
different spots around the house that are cozy and warm. You
can make small beds or have cushions lying around the place.
Additionally, insulate your house to ensure that the heat stays
Winter is a harsh time for both humans and pets. Owners need to
keep their pets away from the cold by providing proper
protection. Protection includes warm coat, socks and any other
piece of clothing which can keep them warm. Insulate the house
and reduce the time spent outside. Make sure, your pet is
drinking a lot of water so that it stays hydrated. Also, increase
the amount of treats because calories are required to produce