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Pet Talk: Protecting Your Furry Friends in Winter

Pet Talk: Protecting Your Furry Friends in Winter - AC UNITS FOR LESS

Brian Schaeffer |

During winter, it's essential to ensure your pets are warm, safe, and comfortable. Here are some tips to protect your furry friends during the colder months:

  1. Keep Pets Indoors: The best way to protect your pets from the cold is to keep them indoors as much as possible. Even breeds with thick fur are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite, especially on their extremities like ears, nose, and paw pads.

  2. Provide Warm Bedding: Make sure your pet has a warm, cozy place to sleep that's off the floor and away from drafts. A pet bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

  3. Adjust Food Intake: If your pet spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities, they may need more food in the winter to generate adequate body heat and energy. Conversely, indoor pets might get less exercise in the winter and may need fewer calories to avoid weight gain.

  4. Keep Them Dry: If your pet gets wet from rain or snow, dry them off immediately with a towel. Pay special attention to their paws and in-between the toes to remove any snow, ice, or de-icing chemicals, which can be toxic if licked off.

  5. Protective Clothing: Consider a sweater or coat for short-haired breeds when they go outside, but ensure it's dry and fits well without restricting movement. Booties can protect their paws from cold surfaces, salt, and de-icing chemicals.

  6. Beware of Antifreeze: Antifreeze, which is commonly used in cold weather, is deadly to pets even in very small amounts. Keep antifreeze containers tightly closed and clean up any spills immediately.

  7. Avoid Ice: When walking your pet, avoid frozen ponds, lakes, and other water to prevent accidents through thin ice.

  8. Regular Check-ups: Cold weather can exacerbate some medical conditions such as arthritis. Winter wellness exams are important to ensure your pet is ready to face the cold.

  9. Beware of Heat Sources: Pets may seek out warmth by snuggling too close to heating sources like fireplaces or space heaters. Ensure all heating sources are pet-proofed to prevent burns or fires.

  10. Emergency Preparedness: Winter storms can lead to power outages. Ensure you have an emergency plan that includes your pets, stocking up on supplies like food, water, and medications.

Remember, if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet. Always err on the side of caution and keep your furry friends warm and safe during winter months.