Winter is a season of bitter cold and a lot of snow. This could be tough for everyone including pets like dogs, cats, or their young ones, puppies, and kittens. Therefore, it is important to know how to keep your four-legged family members comfortable and safe.
You can follow these tips from Myakat to ensure your pet remains happy and healthy during the adverse winter months.
Keep Them Warm, Indoors.
Chilly winds can be life-threatening for your pet given their sensitivity to cold weather. They are vulnerable to frostbites and hypothermia. Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.
Regardless of your pet being short-haired or long coat, leaving them outdoors when temperature drops is a very bad idea. They are safe only indoors, though they can be taken out for a stroll or exercise. For extra care get them a warm and cozy pet bed from Myakat Use catnip to help them make it their home. If your dog is short-haired it is advised to put a sweater/vest on them. Myakat has a great collection of pet clothes available at all times.
If for some reason, you have to keep your dog outdoors for the major part of the day, you must ensure that it has 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. You have to make sure that the floor a little raised is covered with straw or tree shavings. In no case should the house/shed face the wind directly. Additionally, cover the area with a waterproof material or heavy plastic sheets.
Give them plenty of water
If your pet spends plenty of time outdoors, ensure that they are taking a lot of water because staying warm means a lot of work which in turn means burning a lot of energy. Make it a routine to check your cat’s water dish; the water should be fresh and unfrozen. During winter replace your metal water dishes with plastic ones to ensure the safety of your pet’s tongue. Myakat has an amazing collection of feeding bowls, water dishes, and water dispensers.
Cats and Cars:
Cats are attracted to the warm engines of cars parked. Care for them, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.
Protect the Paws from Salt:
In case of heavy to extensively widespread snowfall, salt, and other chemicals may be used to expedite the melting process. Wipe your pet’s paw clean and dry before they start licking them to avoid any irritation to their mouth/ tongue.
THE SUPER TIP
The time-tested and most effective prescription to pet-related winter woes is to keep your pet indoors with you and your family. Dogs and cats love to socialize with humans and enjoy their company as much as humans do.
Myakat: Your Partners in Pet Care is the leading pet care company of Jammu and Kashmir that offers services like:
- Pet Grooming Pet Boarding
- Veterinary Care Pet Pharmacy
- Pet Parenting Counseling Pet Surgeries