When cold weather sets in, it is important to take extra care of your pets by helping them stay warm and safe throughout the winter months. As per the Parnell Blog states, “bringing our pets indoors is the best course of action, but if it is not possible, having a well insulated and covered dog house is the next best thing. Regardless, if you are cold when standing outside, your pet is as well”.
Pets’ cold tolerance varies based on their coat, body fat, activity level and health. Pets with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or hormonal imbalance will have a harder time regulating body temperature. The same goes for puppies, kittens or senior pets.
With your pets spending more time indoors during winter, it is important to make sure your home is properly pet-proofed. This can be achieved by using space heaters with caution around pets, because they can knock them over, causing injury and danger to themselves, or potentially damaging property.
Outdoor cats will seek warmth wherever they can, including on engines, under hoods of cars or in wheel wells. It’s important to always check your car and make some noise (by banging on the hood and honking the horn) before starting the engine. This will ensure that any cat in hiding can get out and avoid serious injury.
Staying vigilant throughout the winter months can really help keep pets safe and well. However there are always times when the unexpected occurs; it’s a good idea to insure your pet. Talk to your vet for more advice on pet insurance.