Keep animals cozy
In areas that experience intense cold weather, keeping your pup warm is very important. Putting out extra pet food and water is important because animals need more calories in cold weather to stay warm. A dog’s paw pads are very sensitive and prone to frostbite on icy sidewalks, and their coats may not provide enough protection from blustery winds. When you are walking your dog, make sure he stays warm and don’t take as long of walks as you would during the summer.
During the holiday season, you may be busy with preparing a big turkey dinner, shopping for gifts or decorating the home with holiday cheer. But don’t forget about the dangers posed to pets during this season. Make sure that pets don’t have the opportunity to chew up any decorations which could contain toxic paints or loose parts that could get lodged in their throat. The holiday season is a happy time for everyone, and pets may get extra excited about company in the home. Make sure they don’t get ahold of alcohol, yeast dough and macadamia nuts because all of these ingredients can upset their stomach. Instead, feeding your dog a few small pieces of cooked turkey can keep him happy and safe.
Protect furry friends from pesky bugs
August is the start of flea and tick season, but as the weather starts to cool, these bugs can thrive because they are looking for one “last meal” before the cold season hits. The mild temperatures of last winter, wet spring and hot summer temperatures have made this year one of the worst for fleas and ticks. Pet owners need to take extra precautions this winter to save their pets from these pesky bugs, and many pet health experts urge owners to practice flea prevention year-round. This is especially important if you are planning a last camping trip or outing for the year that puts you and your dog in an outdoor situation where they are more likely to catch fleas or ticks. Frontline is one of the best products on the market and can help your pet stay clear from bugs.
“The fleas and ticks don’t take the winter off, and so we can’t afford to take the winter off from flea and tick control,” Dr. Susan Little, a veterinarian from Oklahoma State University told Waterloo, Iowa, NBC affiliate KWWL.