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Top Ten Ways to Keep Pets Safe This Winter
Dec 19, 2012by Hannah Levin
Watch your pets closely around fireplaces and other heat sources and make sure their tails or paws do not come in contact with hot surfaces that can cause severe burns. For everyone’s safety, have your furnace checked for carbon monoxide leakage before you turn it on.
Older dogs and puppies are especially vulnerable to the cold. Diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and hormonal imbalances can compromise a pet’s ability to regulate their own body heat. The cold can be especially hard on the joints of older, arthritic animals who may slip on ice, so beware of conditions when you walk them.
Ensure that your pet always has easy access to fresh, non-frozen drinking water. Animals who do not often turn to gutters and puddles and may drink deadly antifreeze, oil and other chemicals. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for more information.
Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter; a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Short-haired breeds will appreciate a coat or sweater with a high collar that snuggles them from the base of the tail to the belly.
If your pooch spends a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities, increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep his muscles and fur healthy.
Beware of your pet becoming trapped. Animals left outdoors can be very resourceful in trying to find shelter. They dig into snow banks and dive under porches, into window wells, and cellars where they can become trapped. Always provide warm, accessible shelter and watch them closely.
Provide your pet with a soft bed in a warm room on chilly evenings. Keep pets indoors as much as possible in cold weather. When they go out, stay with them. When you’re cold enough to go in, your pet is probably is too. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their scent easily and become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.
Pets who roam outdoors can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts on their foot pads. Keep your pet’s pads from getting chapped and raw (and prevent them from licking them and ingesting harmful chemicals) by wiping their feet when they come inside.
Always check under your car hood, honk, or knock on the hood of your vehicle before you start the engine. A cold kitty will curl up against almost anything–including engines–to stay warm.
Watch the ASPCA's video below for more tips on holiday safety for pets:
Sep 11, 2013:
Like humans, with age our doggie friends will find their bodies especially their eyesight deteriorating. Many pet owners are worried that with age and symptoms of eye disease showing up in there pooch pals, their health, safety, and quality of life could be in danger, so what's next?
Sep 5, 2013:
We all have witnessed the cat craze that has consume the internet, but have you ever really thought about the root of it all? Surprisingly, the popularity of cats online can be found rooted from the role cats have had in Japan for centuries and has made their way around the world.
Sep 4, 2013:
For a lonely kitty at home, the best remedy is a companion, right? But instead of getting along like siblings or civil playmates, your frisky felines are at each others throats. What's the deal?!
Aug 30, 2013:
Wouldn't it be nice if you could bring your dog on vacation without worrying about dog-friendly accommodations? Well, grab that passport because it's time to make a trip to Vienna, Austria!
Aug 29, 2013:
As many of us have rescued our four-legged friends from being homeless to living in a loving home, they now have the opportunity to give back. From "rescued to becoming a rescuer," the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) has been giving our pooch pals a second chance at life to work and give back to our communities.
Aug 28, 2013:
The increase of cats in your neighborhood could be due to the fact that cats mate in the winter leading to kitten season in the spring. But before you take all these new and possibly lost kitties to the animal shelter, keep in mind that not all of them are homeless and some may be feral. What's the difference, you may ask; both are outdoor cats but instead of being lost, feral cats are domestic cats that have not been socialized amongst humans.
Aug 27, 2013:
We all know rescue pets are Super Models; now's the time to prove it! Starting on Monday, August 26 and through September 26, your adopters can enter their adopted pet in the 2013 Fuzzy Nation Super Model contest. The winner of the contest will have their pet recreated in plush by Fuzzy Nation, and the shelter where their pet was adopted will receive a $10,000 cash grant from GreaterGood.org!
Aug 22, 2013:
In times of need we've found ourselves to be there for our canine friends, and we know that they'll be there for us and others as both a companion but also as a professional, working alongside firefighters, police men, and guard dogs for our homes and businesses. But now you can also add one more job to their long list of duties, 911 dispatcher.
Aug 22, 2013:
Your pretty kitty may look healthy, and taking them to the doc is far from your mind. But little do you know your cat could be one of more than half of the 74 million cats in the U.S. that don't receive proper healthcare.
Aug 20, 2013:
Believe it or not but the the wag or your dogs tail isn't the only thing that tells you they're happy to see you. Your dogs face could be telling you a lot more than you think. Just like humans, Japanese animal behavior researchers have found that a dog's facial expressions have been proven to show emotion.
Aug 14, 2013:
Imagine coming home from a long day of work and being able to see exactly what your feline friend has been up to, from a cats-eye view. The Kitty Cam and EyeNimal cat camera's are small camera's that connect to your cat's collar to give you a day in their life from their point of view.
Aug 12, 2013:
Yes! There are apps that have been created specifically to allow cats to take pictures of themselves! Of course, cats don't really get what a smart phone camera is, but these apps show attractive moving dots or lasers for kitty to play with. And just when she thinks she's going to finally catch it - poof! The camera activates, and you've got a cat work of art.
Aug 9, 2013:
What debuted in 2012 in San Diego is now available nationwide courtesy of Direct TV. DogTV has been popular amongst dog owners who want to keep their dogs entertained while they're at work or away from home for a few hours. Dog TV is set up from a dog's point a view for a dogs point of view. Dog shelters have found the channel to calm dogs down making them more appealing to adopt.
Aug 7, 2013:
Summer is in full effect but as you enjoy the hot weather keep in mind this list of how you should keep your furry four-legged friend cool, calm, and collected while you're out having fun in the sun.