The holidays are almost here and it means winter is coming! This is one of the times in the year where your fur-baby will be needing extra care and protection for them to be safe.
Winter tips for pets are a must to keep them safe this season. That’s why in this article, we’ll talk about the top ten winter care tips for your pets.
" Among all the seasons, it is during winter that most pets get lost. This is because snow can cover all the familiar scents that would usually help your fur-baby find their way home. "
Consider your pet’s limits
Contrary to what most pet parents think – that their pets never get cold because they have fur, they actually do! Dogs and cats get cold but some are more sensitive than others, especially those with thin and short coats, young pets, senior pets, and those with disabilities & illnesses.
Limit the time you spend outside with your pet, even if they love the snow. Some fur-babies love to be outdoors but frostbite and hypothermia can pose a great threat. If the temperature outside is too cold for you, then it probably is too cold for your fur-baby.
Keep the leash on
Among all the seasons, it is during winter that most pets get lost. This is because snow can cover all the familiar scents that would usually help your fur-baby find their way home.
This is a great warning sign to always keep your fur-baby on a leash while taking a walk. Also, make sure to keep your fur-baby’s tags, IDs, and microchips updated with all information, like their name, your name, your address, and your contact details.
Protect the paws
During your days out, your fur-baby might step on different kinds of chemicals that are toxic and harmful, like de-icers and antifreeze. Always supervise your fur-baby and ensure they don’t lick their paws. Make sure to thoroughly wipe or clean their paws before going inside your house as well. Also, while wiping your fur-baby’s paws, check for any bleeding or cracked paws as these are very common when walking on snow.
Choose the right bedding
Even if your fur-baby is inside your house, it is still not advisable to let them sleep on the floor. Provide your dog with elevated bedding and a snug blanket, like Pawtect™ Blankets. These blankets are waterproof and are specifically designed with faux fur fabric and proprietary Sherpup™ multi-layer material that allows no moisture to leak through either side.
With a variety of styles, sizes, colors, and with multiple layers of waterproof, leak-proof materials, we strongly advise placing our Pawtect™ Blankets (together with your pet's bed) anywhere they love to cuddle-up to present worry-free holidays to the both of you.
Provide them shelter
During winter, ideally, your fur-babies must be kept inside. And even if they are inside, provide them with the proper shelter they can call their own safe place. Place Pawtect™ Blanket on top of their favorite bed.
For pets who principally live outdoors:
- Provide them with a shelter that’s dry and large enough to allow them to move around, sit, lay down, and stand up comfortably but small enough to help them maintain their body heat.
- Turn your fur-baby’s shelter away from where wind can easily get inside and cover any opening.
- Avoid any metal food and water bowls as your fur-baby’s bowl may stick to it.
- Use Pawtect™ Pads to help keep your fur-baby dry outdoors and pair it with Pawtect™ Blanket to keep them warm and cozy.
Keep them away from heat sources
Your pet will definitely look for a place at home where it’s warm and cozy. Oftentimes, you’ll find them curling up near fireplaces. Supervise and look after your pet at all times. Because even if your fireplace has a glass door or a covering, your pet can still get burnt when they in contact with these hot surfaces.
Do not overfeed
While it is true that pets need extra layers during the winter season, it should not be in fats but from their coat. The cold temperature during the winter results in lazy behaviors and extended sleeping times, so your fur-baby’s body won’t be able to burn a lot of calories.
Overfeeding your pet will eventually lead to obesity. If you want them to still have a healthy diet and a healthier coat, provide them with a high-quality diet that’s mostly composed of whole foods like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and grains. You can also provide them with Pet Parents® Skin and Coat SoftSupps®. These supplements contain essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and Omega 6 that help maintain your pet’s normal skin moisture and keep it away from drying during winter.
Pet Parents® Skin and Coat SoftSupps® are also formulated with antioxidants that fight off free radicals and toxins and have Biotin that’s packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help encourage proper digestion & nutrient absorption, promoting overall health.
Note: Pet Parents® SoftSupps® are made only for dogs. For supplements for your cats, please consult your vet.
Aid for seniors and pets with disabilities
The extremely cold weather during the winter season can worsen some existing medical issues in your pets like joint pains and arthritis. It is very essential to give extra care for senior pets and pets with disabilities. Don’t forget to keep up with your daily exercise even if it means just walking around your house.
For dogs with hip and joint pains, we suggest giving your fur-baby Pet Parents® Hip and Joint SoftSupps®. These are joint supplements that promote mobility support & overall joint health, and aids in joint stress recovery.
Pet Parents® Hip and Joint SoftSupps® contain PurforMSM® & Glucosamine for dogs that assist in creating a cushion around the joints to promote better joint lubrication, sustaining more comfortable movements. These hip dog joint supplements can be relevant for dogs, especially during the winter.
Note: Pet Parents® Hip and Joint SoftSupps® do not act as a treatment for hip and joint problems in dogs. If your fur-baby’s hip and joint issues worsen during the winter, please consult your vet immediately for proper treatment.
" For dogs with hip and joint pains, we suggest giving your fur-baby Pet Parents® Hip and Joint SoftSupps®. These are joint supplements that promote mobility support & overall joint health "
Your pets will definitely need a lot of extra care and love from you during the harsh winter weather and the discomfort it brings. As a pet parent, it’s extremely important to keep your fur-baby warm and dry all throughout the winter season for happier and healthier holidays.