There’s a chill in the air.

146909521-cold-weather-pet-arthritis-632x475With colder temperatures upon us, our furry friends will need some extra protection from the cold winter nights.  If at all possible, bring your animals inside, especially when the temperatures are at their lowest.  Can’t bring them inside?  Here are some tips from the Humane Society of the United States:

Take precautions if your dog spends a lot of time outside

A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

Help neighborhood outdoor cats

If there are outdoor cats, either owned pets or community cats (ferals, who are scared of people, and strays, who are lost or abandoned pets) in your area, remember that they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. It’s easy to give them a hand.

Give your pets plenty of water

Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

Be careful with cats, wildlife and cars

Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

Protect paws from salt

The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.

Avoid antifreeze poisoning

Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are less toxic to pets, wildlife and family

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html

About Creation's Care Pet Sitting

Having an undying love for animals of all shapes and sizes, it is no wonder that Virginia jumped at the opportunity to share her passion for animals with other animal lovers through Creation's Care Pet Sitting. Affectionately known as "Aunt V" by all her four legged furry friends, Virginia spent five years in the equine industry, serving as a therapeutic horseback riding instructor for individuals with disabilities before beginning her pet sitting career. Virginia is an active volunteer with the Companion Animal Rescue Endeavor (C.A.R.E.) in Tallahassee and supporter of the ASPCA.
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