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Protect Our Pets!

Colder weather is upon us. It’s time to change our pet care routine

 

by John Vogt - December 1, 2014

The winter season is here and with it comes the additional responsibility to properly care for our family pets. Today on Wellsboro Home Page we visit with Caprice McCarthy-Evans on some of the things that we need to be aware of during these winter months. Don’t miss today’s broadcast!

Here are some important things to consider:

During the winter season there will be an additional use of salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and prevent icing. These chemicals can irritate the pads on your pets feet. Do your best to make sure your pet avoids contact with these contaminants. When your dog or cat comes inside, make sure to gently wipe their feet with a damp paper towel before your pet licks them.

Antifreeze is deadly to pets. Unfortunately, many pets are drawn to antifreeze because it has a sweet taste. Make sure you keep this kind of product away from your pets. Wipe up spills in the garage or in the driveway immediately. Most people do not have access to a hose in the winter, so you may need to take out a pot of hot water to dilute and flush away large spills.

On very cold days, cats can often be attracted to crawl up under the hood of your vehicle to get warm. Make sure you know where your pets are, especially around your vehicles.

The Humane Society reminds us that if your dog is one of those who likes to be outdoors much of the day, he or she should be protected by 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. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

Protect your pets by keeping them inside when the temperature drops. Every animal is a little different depending on size, body weight and length of coat – but once you get below 39 degrees your animal could be in danger. At 32 degrees the animal should be protected. Dogs and cats are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. During walks, short-haired dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater.

Make sure that your pet has plenty of water to drink. Indoor heat can increase dehydration. If you feed your pets outside or on a porch make sure you use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen.

Thanks for joining us today on Wellsboro Home Page.

Credits:

Writing: John Vogt

 

Produced by Vogt Media

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