Simple tricks to keep your pets safe this winter!
Around this time of year when all the leaves have fallen from the trees and the temperature has significantly dropped the rise in visits to the vet and pet claims goes up. We’ve pulled together a few very simple tips to help you keep your furry friends safe this winter.
Believe it or not despite their fur coats dogs & cats both suffer from hyperthermia and frostbite in the same way humans do. By limiting time spent outdoors you can greatly improve your pets comfort. Look for signs like shivering and a weak pulse which indicate your pet has had enough and may be starting to suffer. Jumpers and coats aren’t just the latest pet fashion fad & can be ideal for keeping your dog warm during walks.
Paws – If your dog goes on regular walks or your cat has free reign to come and go as it pleases, ensure paws are always wiped down and regularly cleaned. The salt that is used to help defrost ice on our roads can be extremely harmful and damaging to paws leading for them to become very sore and irritated. Regular cleaning will insure you have a happy, healthy pet.
Provide plenty of water – Pets in winter require more energy to keep themselves warm. The more energy a pet burns staying warm generally the more water it needs to drink. Make sure your pets water bowl is always full which will ensure it can regulate its temperature to its optimum ability.
Clean up Antifreeze – Antifreeze can be deadly especially to dogs who are attracted to its sweet smell and taste. Antifreeze is a highly toxic chemical and just 1-2 spoonfuls could prove fatal for your dog. Make sure you clean up any spillages right away and ensure your dog understands simple commands like ‘Leave.’ It could be the difference between life and death for your pet.
Heaters – Both dogs and cats will look for heat sources during the winter. To ensure your pet suffers no unwanted burns this winter think carefully about the types of additional heaters you have in your home and how they can be pet (and child) proofed. If your cat curls round your open oil heater it’s going to lead to a very unhappy cat and leave a dent in your wallet. Why would it leave a dent in the wall?
Cars – Warm engines, wheel arches and under cars can seem the ideal sleeping place for cats and wildlife alike. When you leave your house take a second to just check your car and give your bonnet a firm tap. Any animal that might be using your car for refuge will soon scarper and you’ll be able to get on with your day drama free.
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