Helpful information for Oklahomans from wheat fields to city streets.
As winter sets in, it’s important to ensure the safety and well-being of your pets and animals. The cold weather can pose various risks to animals, so it’s important to be aware of how much time they’re spending in the cold. To help keep your pets safe during winter, we’ve compiled a list of five tips!
Just like humans, pets have varying tolerance levels to cold weather. Make sure you’re aware of your pet’s reactions to the chilly temperatures and adjust accordingly. Some pets, such as those with short fur or certain health conditions, may be more sensitive to the cold. Monitor your pet’s behavior and if you notice signs of discomfort like whining, shivering, or a reluctance to move, it’s time to bring them indoors.
Winter streets and sidewalks are often treated with salt and other chemicals to melt snow and ice. While these substances are effective in preventing slips, they can be harsh on your pet’s paws. Consider using pet-friendly ice melt on your own property and wipe your pet’s paws after walks to remove any residue. Additionally, you might want to invest in pet booties to provide extra protection against the cold and chemicals.
Hypothermia is a real danger for pets during winter. If your pet is exhibiting signs, such as whining, shivering, appearing anxious, moving slower than usual, or actively seeking warm places to burrow, it’s crucial to act promptly. Bring your pet inside immediately and provide a warm, comfortable environment. Consult your veterinarian for further guidance.
Cats seeking warmth may crawl under cars or hide in the wheel wells, putting them at risk when the engine starts. To avoid accidents, make a habit of checking around and under your vehicle before starting it. A quick tap on the hood or a honk of the horn can alert any hidden pets to move to safety.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to ensure your pets’ safety during the winter is to bring them inside. While some animals are better suited to colder temperatures, domesticated pets, in general, are not equipped to endure extreme cold. Create a cozy space for them indoors, complete with blankets, to keep them warm and comfortable.
By being proactive and implementing these pet safety tips during winter, you can ensure that your pets stay happy, healthy, and safe during the colder months. Remember to pay attention to your pet’s behavior, bring them inside when temperatures drop, and take precautions to protect their paws. With a little extra care, you and your pets can enjoy a cozy and worry-free winter season.
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