Your local vet should offer you some healthy practices to prepare your furry friends for the temperature drops. After all, they don't have the benefit of getting hot cocoa or tea like the rest of us.
Here are some methods of dealing with your bundle of joy during the coming months:
Keep the Pet Inside during the Winter Months
No matter how well you dress up, you may still feel the chill of December and would want to get inside right away.
Now think of it from your pets' perspective. They only have their one coat of fur to protect them. Any local vet would recommend you keep them inside the home until spring.
At the very least, you should provide them with a comfy shelter outside. Make sure to check for the following:
- The shelter is not drafty. You wouldn't believe how quickly pets can be affected.
- The shelter has a source of warmth.
- The home has fresh water and food near it at all times.
Speaking of food, this is another aspect to be discussed.
Ask a Local Vet for a Winter Diet for Your Pet
Indoor pets such as cats will tend to sleep longer during winter to preserve their energy.
You also have to remember you can't take your dogs and cats out for exercise as much either.
Just don't reduce the amount all of a sudden. You still have a month until the cold sets in, so take your time.
If you have any doubts about how much food you need to give them, contact your local vet for extra info.
Be Wary of Car-Related Incidents
Cars are some of the most dangerous "enemies" of pets in the winter. You have multiple reasons to worry about them:
- Anti-freeze spillages. Always check if your vehicle or others in the area have accidental spillage and keep pets away from them. One sip of anti-freeze could be fatal.
- Pets (especially cats) getting under the hood or sleeping on tires. Take the time to tap on the hood of your car before going to work to prevent unfortunate accidents.
Other than checking your pet's paws for frostbite, these should be your primary concerns during winter.
Keep them warm, reduce their food intake so they don't get fat, and keep them away from cars!
If you have any other concerns for your fluffy friend, don't hesitate to give us a call at 404-237-4601. Alternatively, you can also contact us through this form or by email.
It's better to ask for help from professionals rather than worry about your pet's health.