Before the harsh winter months settle in, it is important that you think about keeping your pet safe from all the dangers that the season can present.
Do not let your pet outdoors when temperatures drop below freezing. Dos need outdoor exercise but take care not to keep them outdoors for lengthy periods of time. Pets that are mostly indoors need time to adapt to cold temperatures by building up a thicker coat and toughening their foot pads for ice and snow. So if you have dogs or cats, you need to be extremely cautious with salt on the foot pads of your dog. It is very irritating. It can cause dermatitis, but also if they are licking off the salt over time, it can actually make them sick.
Antifreeze as we know is very toxic to lots of our species that can cause kidney failure, so make sure you don’t have any antifreeze leaking on the floor and there are no open bottles for your cats and dogs can have access to it. This is because antifreeze has a very sweet flavor and it tastes very good.
When you are letting your dog jumping in and out of your car when you are traveling in winter, you want to make sure the surface they are jumping off and onto doesn’t have any ice on it. a lot of dogs can actually tear their cruciate ligaments trying to jump into a car from a slippery surface. And likewise, some dogs also fracture their teeth jumping out of a car onto an ice surface and they hit their heads.
To keep your pet warm, dog clothing is a great option to consider especially for those dogs that doesn’t have thick fur. Dog boots are one solution to freezing paws. If your four-leggy friend doesn’t into boots, it is important to important to keep their paws clean and keep them groomed to trim the accumulated small ice balls. Also you may want this pet flannelette heating mat to keep your pet warm while he is sleeping. This is safe and has two temperature pattern, which you can control the comfortable temperature for your pet.
Remember there is no such a perfect temperature for your dog staying outside since it depends on the wind, the size of your dog, the thickness of its fur or how it works with boots. But the tip is that is you feel uncomfortable and cold while you walking outside, your dog probably does, too.