While some pets are born to live in the winter elements, many are not, and we need to take extra precautions when it’s cold outside. Here are a few tips that can help keep our furry friends safe, happy and warm.
Never Leave Your Cat Or Dog Alone In A Cold Vehicle
A vehicle can act as a refrigerator in the winter, keeping the cold in which can cause your pet to freeze. Pets should never be left alone inside a vehicle when it’s cold outside as hypothermia can become a risk.
Check The Vehicle Before Starting It
Cats who are outside during the winter may crawl up under the hood to be under a warm vehicle engine. To avoid injuring any furry felines, check underneath your car, and bang on the hood before starting the engine.
Clean Paws After Being Outside
Ice melt and salt can cause irritation. Wipe paws with a warm cloth to be on the safe side. Also, consider using pet-friendly ice melt for your walks and driveways.
Stay Clear Of Ice And Water
The ice may look nice but could be unstable. You don’t want your furry friend falling through the ice into the freezing water.
Keep Your Pets Happy During Winter Cold Snaps
Our furry friends can also get cabin fever very quickly during cold snaps. Here are a few activity ideas to keep your pet entertained indoors.
Hide pet approved treats around your home for a fun hidden treasure adventure. They will enjoy playing detective while searching for the next treat to snack on.
Games and Toys
Simple games such as fetch with your dog’s favourite toy or ball can easily keep them occupied for some time while providing an enjoyable bonding experience for you and your dog. Cats enjoy different types of toys that allow them to chase, pounce and can keep them playing for hours.
Regular grooming care is essential to your pet’s health and well-being. Days with limited outdoor time are perfect to do some basic grooming for your furry friend and some pets actually enjoy being brushed and even taking baths. You can also contact us to book a full grooming appointment.
Get Cozy With Cuddle Time
Ensure your pet has a warm place to sleep. A dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect. And don’t forget, cuddle time with our furry friends is always the best when there’s nothing much to do. Cuddling is actually one way in which our pets strengthen their bond with you.
Remember, if it’s too cold for you out there – it’s probably too cold for your pet.