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8 Tips For Caring For Your Pet This Winter

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Living in a Winter Wonderland?

 

 

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones living in one of the balmier states, you've felt the cold chill of winter arrive. For some of us, cold weather is regarded as a mere nuisance; for others, it’s a fun time filled with snowboarding, skiing and other winter joys; and still others will find this time of bone-chilling weather and huge piles of snow a veritable nightmare to endure.

 

Whatever your viewpoint on winter, one thing remains the same for all of us with pets: it’s a time when our beloved babies need a little extra care. Luckily, PetMD has compiled a list of tips to protect your pet from the dangers of winter.

 

1. In or Out?

Does your pet spend most of the time in the backyard? You might want to keep her indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas. No one wants an icicle for a pet -- they’re simply not that cuddly.

 

2. Bare Naked Truth

If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this: Would a fur coat alone (even if it is faux mink) keep you warm against the elements? No? Well, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection for your pet during winter, either. Be a pal and provide your dog with a warm, dry, and draft free shelter outside; the shelter should also comply with any state laws that apply.

 

3. No More Frozen Dinners!

Because it takes more energy to stay warm when it's cold, outdoor animals eat more during the winter. Likewise, fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet's health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned into little skating rinks for fleas (boo, fleas!). While ice pops might be a fun treat, your pet really doesn’t want to have to lick a frozen lump of ice to get his water.

 

4. Latest Fad Diet?

Indoor animals, meanwhile, have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust the amount of food accordingly. After all, no one wants an overweight pet.

 

 

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  • Fur Coat
    12/08/2014 05:37pm

    These are some great tips! I never really thought about changing my routine with my dog during the winter. He's a husky so he does pretty well in the cold (in fact, he loves it), but I can see that there are certain things I could be doing to make it more comfortable for him. I like that you pointed out if it is too cold to wear just a fur coat, you should assume that it's too cold for your dog to be outside. I never thought of it that way! http://www.advancedanimalcareoh.com

  • Winter coat
    12/14/2014 11:43am

    Useful tips! My Chihuahua loves to play with me outside regardless of the weather condition. You guessed right. He shivered in the cold weather at our first attempt. After searching for it I found the perfect winter coat for him. I would strongly recommend to get a jacket for your puppy to keep him warm in the cold weather.
    http://mydogwintercoat.com


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