The weather outside has been truly frightful so far this January. The fact is: if you feel cold, then your pet is feeling the chill as well. Here are some things to remember during the winter months:
- Do not leave your pet outside for extended periods of time during the cold weather – pay particular attention to the wind chill.
- Do not leave your pet in a vehicle. If you leave the engine running to keep the car warm, your pet can be affected by carbon monoxide.
- Even though they have fur, pets are still susceptible to frost bite. Watch for skin damage and contact your vet if you think your pet has been exposed.
- Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep that’s out of the draft and cold. Elevate your pet’s bed off the floor if necessary.
- Pets will seek warm places like portable heaters, fireplaces and car engines. Make sure your pet is protected from access to these dangers.
- Avoid partially frozen bodies of water, big and small, and make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, unfrozen water to drink.
- If your pet spends a lot of time outside in the cold, you may need to adjust the amount of food he/she eats, after all, they burn a lot more calories to stay warm