5 Ways to Winterize Your Pet

5 Ways to Winterize Your Pet

Storm windows? Check. Snow tires? Check. Winter gloves and scarves? Check. However, do not forget about your furry family members! While you are busy prepping your home, your car and your wardrobe for the coldest months of the year, it can be easy to forget about protecting your furry pet.

Here are a couple of things to do to keep your dog or cat happy, warm and safe, all season long.

  1. Warm Him Up

Although you may laugh when you see a Chihuahua wearing a miniature coat, there are actually practical justifications for a coat that keeps your pet warm, especially for small dogs.

Small dogs typically have a relatively high ratio of body surface to body weight, so that they lose body heat more quickly than larger dogs. However, large dogs can also benefit from an extra layer if they spend a lot of time outside in the colder season.

  1. Keep Him Dry

As much as we humans hate getting caught in a rainstorm, it is even worse for our furrier friends. Dogs and cats’ coats can retain water, so that the impact of the cold and dampness is greater, increasing the risk of hypothermia.

You can protect your dog and cat with a poncho that folds up and can be warm around the neck, so it is there if you need it in case of an unexpected shower.

  1. Soothe His Skin

If your pet’s skin becomes itchy or red from the cold, it is recommended that you wash the affected area with a gentle soap and also applying a triple antibiotic ointment.

For an on-the-go fix, for a nose that is dry and cracked, try a healing balm that is formulated for pets. Make sure that you apply it right before they eat a meal, so that your pet does not lick it off.

  1. Improve His Visibility in the Dark

It is essential to have reflective gear when going for walks at night or in the snow, rain or foggy weather. This helps drivers spot your animal if he happens to bound into traffic. Although it may look silly, reflective gear is a thumbs-up for safety, especially for cats.

If your pet escapes out the front door, a reflective collar will help alert drivers to his presence and the name tag will assist in getting your pet home safely.

  1. Protect His Paws

When you tug on your boots to go outside, do the same for your pet if it is icy outside. Pets can actually get frostbite, and the salt or chemicals that is commonly spread on streets to melt snow can irritate your dog’s paws.

The holidays are the perfect time to consider adopting or fostering a pet. Or if you have free time, volunteer is a great way to spend your time off of work or school.

Have any more tips on how to winterize your dog or cat this season? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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