Taking Excellent Care of Your Pets in the Winter

Your cat and dog need a different level of care during the harshest weather months.

All over the country, the wind chill has reached below zero temperatures putting animals living outdoors at risk. If you have a cat or dog who spends time outdoors, now is the time to bring them indoors. If your pet lives inside, he or she may still experience weather-related illnesses and skin conditions. That’s why it’s important to know how to care for your pets during the cold winter months of the year.

There are many things you can do to make your cat and dog more comfortable. The following list of suggestions is a starting point for you. Additional accommodations can be made to meet the unique needs of your pet.

Action Task #1: Make sure that they’re warm, too.

Different breeds adapt to colder temperatures in various ways. Some are better equipped to deal with winter. For the pets that never seem warm enough, invest in a sweater that they can wear and an Easyology Pets Thermal Pet Warming Bed. A little comfort goes a long way in making your pet feel secure, loved, and happy.

Action Task #2: Protect your pet from floor heating grates and open fireplaces.

Prevent burns on paws by finding ways to keep pets off of heating grates. Putting up a pet fence around the grate is one option. You should also cover fireplaces, too, so a pet doesn’t try to climb into them or get too close and singe their fur.

Action Task #3: Tend to dry skin to prevent it from cracking.

Corigem Pet Skin Care Spray and Corigem Pet Skin Care Cream helps treat dry, irritated skin so it doesn’t become worse. The product helps combat inflammation, too, which causes pets to itch and scratch at areas on their body. Keeping a supply of this product on hand is the best way to prepare for the harsh weather that comes with cold temperatures.

Action Task #4: Wipe paws to prevent them from getting sick or injured.

According to the Great Plains SPCA, all sorts of toxic materials appear during the winter months. People use salt to deice sidewalks and driveways, antifreeze to keep their cars working optimally in the cold, and de-icers to help speed along the process of preparing a vehicle to leave in winter weather. Wiping your pet’s paws each time they come in from outdoors is advisable because it keeps them from licking the chemicals they’ve come into contact with off of them.

Action Task #5: Check the hood and your tires to make sure no stray cats have climbed into them to stay warm.

Cats climb into these areas of a vehicle because they offer shelter from the wind and are often warm after an automobile has gone somewhere. Before starting up your car, pound on the hood or honk your horn. This will cause the cat to be startled and leave your vehicle.

Taking good care of your pets during the winter takes very little effort. It doesn’t cause you to deviate away from your regular schedule much. It does require some thought, however, to keep your dog and cat warm, well-hydrated, and free from injuries during the colder weather months.

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