Winter is a tough time for people with pets. Animals still want to gooutside, whether it's to go to the bathroom or burn off all that excess energy, but the cold weather and snow makes it really difficult. How can you know when they are struggling with the temperature? What should we be doing to make it easier for them? Here's everything you need to know to help your pet thrive this winter
1. Know their limits
The cold weather is a lot for us to handle, but imagine having to walk around in bare feet! Just because animals have fur, it doesn't mean that they are completely immune to the cold. New laws have made it illegal to leave your pets outside, but temperature isn't the only thing you need to worry about.
Snow, ice and rain can all attribute to dangerous conditions for pets and they should be protected when these things are going on. Also, keep in mind the age of your pet and any medical conditions they have because certain issues can be affected by temperature.
2. Bang on your hood
Cats and other wild animals that spend time unsupervised outside can get themselves into some dangerous situations. When you pull into a driveway and your engine is all warm and toasty, they might think it's the perfect spot to curl up for a nap. If you don't bang on the hood to give them some warning before your engine starts it could result in them getting very badly injured.
3. Check their paws
If you find your feet are getting dry, their feet are probably feeling dry as well. Keep an eye on the condition of their pads to make sure they aren't getting cracked. There is a special wax you can use that will help them get moisturized and protect them from the salt. You can get it at most pet stores, on Amazon, or even make your own. It's easy and will help keep your babies safe!
There are also some very important things to watch out for...
4. Wipe them down
When they come in from the snow, don't just let them dry off on their own. All of the salt and sand that people put out to combat the slippery conditions are actually harmful for your little pup, so make sure you wipe them down to help keep them safe.
5. Watch for the signs
Your dog will have very specific behaviors that will let you know that the cold is getting to them.
Whining or Barking
They aren't just trying to annoy you, they are trying to tell you they are cold.
Stopping or Holding Up A Paw
If they stop walking and start to pull their feet off the ground, chances are they have some snow or ice built up in the hairs between their pads. It could also just be too cold on their feet.
When you shiver, it means that it's too cold for you. Same goes for your dog. It's obvious but very important.
If your dog starts to climb into your arms or acting anxious and afraid, they are probably getting too cold.
If they start to go into weird places to hide, they are looking for shelter from the cold. Bring them inside and get them warmed up.