Protect your Fuzzy Kids from winter

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We all know about cold winter weather and how to protect ourselves and family but we also have to protect out furry family members from the harsh winter weather

Introduction

Cold weather is on the way and as we prepare for the cold blasts soon to come let us now forget to get our fuzzy kids ready as well. Here are some tips for wintry days.

Winter Clothing

When it’s cold outside we don our coats, so why not our fuzzy kids too. Doggie and even cat coats are great for the romp in the snow. With the cold blistery wind and freezing temperatures will keep them warm and dry.

Don’t forget the boots. Doggie booties will keep their feet protected from snow ice and sand and salt from getting in between the toes which can cause irritation. And yes there are booties for cats.

If for some reason your dog or cat is too fond of booties you can put some petroleum into their pads to provide protection from salt, sand and other chemicals.

Dry your pet

It doesn’t matter whether dog or cat running outside then in outside and inside and so forth can make their skin flack and itch. Make sure to towel dry pet as soon as they come inside.

Outdoor protection

If your dog for whatever reason is outdoors for quite a while during the daytime make sure they have a draft free shelter. It must be dry and large enough for the pet to lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in the heat. The shelter floor needs to be a few inches off the ground and cover with straw or cedar shavings. The doorway should be covered with heavy plastic or waterproof materials such as burlap. You can also buy an insulated dog house that helps keep your dog warm. You can also buy insulated dog houses that have floor heaters. Pet stores, department and home improvement stores sell them.

Outdoor protection for cats

If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood that are owned by someone or feral cats they need protection too from the harsh elements. You can inexpensively build your own cat shelter. More information can be found at the humane society feral cats

Food and water

A little extra food for your pet in the winter provides calories they need in the winter. Make sure they have enough water to stay hydrated and keep their skin less dry. For the outdoors you can buy heated bowls for food and water so your dog and cat can have access to drinkable water and food that is not frozen like an ice cube.

Less bath time

During the winter bathe your pets as little as possible. Bathing too much can remove their essential oils and cause the skin to dry or flake. If you have to bathe them look for moisturizing shampoo or ask your vegetarian to recommend one.

Cars and cats, squirrels and other wildlife don’t mix

Unfortunately, cats and other wildlife look for places to keep warm and that’s usually under the warm hood of parked car. Cats and other wildlife are attracted to the warmth of the engine compartment and the protection it provides from predators Cats can be injured or killed by the fan belt when the car is started. If you have a garage please park your car inside. If you don’t have a garage, bang on hood of car prior to starting the engine. Look under your car before getting in and if you hear unusual noises when starting the car, turn it off and look under the hood.

Outdoor toxins

Your radiator can leak antifreeze and hit the ground. Unfortuant4ely, dogs, cats and other animals are drawn to sweet smell and taste. Antifreeze absorbs very quickly when ingested. Once ingested, there is a very small window of safety when ingested. If you believe your pet has been exposed to antifreeze take your pet immediately to the vegetarian for treatment. Even small amounts of antifreeze can cause permeant kidney damage.

Ice melting agents

Most of the ice melts available contain large amounts of sodium slats. Some of these products can injure pets when stepped on. They can get stuck in paws and cause redness, redness or chapping. The y can be dangerous if ingested. Animals will lick off these chemicals on their bare paws. These chemical can cause mild to severe toxicity which results in stomach upset and vomiting. It can also cause trouble walking, tremors or seizures. If you have pet buy pet-friendly ice melts.

Rodent Poison

Not only does our pets get cold in winter so do mice and rats and other rodents. Poisons sold in pellets or blocks contain different ingredients but mostly have the same color. Keep these products out of any area your pet goes. Always keep the package from these products just in case your pet should ingest one. If ingested call your pet or animal poison control center to identify the toxin and get the treatment protocol for your pet.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition. Even though your kitty has a fur coat when exposed to cold environmental temperatures, especially when wet can result in hypothermia defined as for cats, a body temperature below 100 degrees F. When the body temperature drops so does the heart rate and other body systems slow down. If not treated quickly heart rate can stop.

Immediate care:

Move him to a warm environment and, if wet, dry him and wrap him in warm towels or blankets.
Use hot water bottles to help warm your cat, but make sure it's not too hot. If you can’t hold it in your hands, it is too hot.
Do not use an electric heating pad, as it could burn your cat, even on a low setting.
If possible, check your cat’s rectal temperature.
Take your cat to your veterinarian as soon as possible

In dogs hypothermia is defined in three phases; mild, moderate and severe. Mild is 90 – 95 F, moderate 82 – 90 F and severe is a body temperature of less than 82 F. Hypothermia causes depression nervous system , it may also affect heart and blood flow, breathing and immune system. An irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, and impaired consciousness to the point of coma may result.

Mild hypothermia can be treated by blankets to prevent further heat loss. Moderate hypothermia needs to be treated with active external re-warming such as using heating pads applied to dog’s torso. A protective layer should be placed between the heating pad and torso. Movement should be minimized to prevent further heat loss an irregular heart beat which can be deadly.

Keep out of wind

Pets that are exposed to wind feel temperatures cold than what the thermometer reads. For example if the temperature reads 30 degrees with a 5 mph wind you are actually experiencing 25 degrees. Remember the faster the wind the colder the temperature.

Baby its cold outside

General rule if it is too cold outside for you then it’s too cold for your pet. Please keep your pets indoors with a warm place to sleep off the floor and away from drafts. Pets left outside can freeze, be stolen, injured or even killed. Do not leave your pets in the car during the cold winter weather. They will not be warm due to the fact the car will hold in the cold and they can freeze to death.

Sources
PetMD
Humane Society
ASPCA
Yakim Pet Emergency

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Cats, Dogs, Environment, Health, Pets, Toxins, Winter

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