Keep Your Pet Inside
A lot of us, who lives in an apartment, have no choice, but to live under the same roof with our beloved pet. But, for those who live in houses with a great backyard, it can be tricky during the winter, because their pets are not used to living indoors. Especially if those pets are large and big dog breeds. From an early age, they should be accustomed to be indoors during the winter season, at least at night when the temperature can drastically drop.
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Keep Your Pet Well Fed
Even with people, energy level is not the same during the winter and during the summer. Like you are eating more during the holidays, your pet should have plenty of food, and most importantly, plenty of fresh water. If your pet is outside, his water should be changed frequently, because it's tendency to freeze easily.
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A lot of dog owners, have a tendency to let their dog walk without the leash. We all know how wonderful snowing is, but for dogs can be quite confusing, because they get easily disoriented, so try to keep them on the leash. During those cold days, try to walk your pets more often during the day, but take short walks. Maybe around the block or neighborhood. Especially if you own a smaller breed. Their paws do not have a lot of fur, unlike bigger breeds.
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Be Aware About the Poison
Any automobile owner should be aware of antifreeze and how poisonous, or even deadly it can be, not just to animals, but to children as well. That is why is crucial to keep your pet from wandering around and stay close to you. Do not let them eat the snow as well.
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If you live in an area where is extremely cold and icy during winter, you are probably aware of a lot of amount of salt on the roads and sidewalks as well. That salt can be very dangerous, especially for those breeds who have delicate paws and not a lot of fur on them. So maybe you should consider buying a specialized dog shoes for your pet, even though it sounds quite ridiculous to a lot of us. The boots can be quite helpful preventing the frostbites.
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If you have a dog who has naturally dry skin, you should moisturize it frequently, because of the dry and cold weather. Dog breeds such as Shar-Pei and English bulldog are notorious for suffering from the skin condition. Because of their wrinkled skin, and compound that settles between those wrinkles, the skin (if not properly moisturized), can easily get infected.
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Also, if you own a fluffy a hairy dog or a Persian cat, who needs grooming from time to time, during the winter you need to keep your dog cleaned and properly groomed. This rule, especially applies to those owners whose dogs spent a lot of time outdoors. But do not let your dog outside, if it's not properly dried first.
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Do Not Leave Your Pet in The Car
Even though, we are all familiar with this rule during the summer, but little did we know, that the same rule applies during winter as well. A car interior can get so cold, like an ice box, and your pet can easily freeze to death.
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Take Care of Outdoor Animals
If you see any abandoned animal, call animal protection services. But until then, give them temporary shelter, food and water. This will be very helpful.
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Sneaky Little Things
Caution for car owners! You should be aware that a warm engine of your parked car can attract a lot of small animals, especially cats. So before you start your car, check first if there is some small creature under it.
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