Pets are fun and it is one of the most delightful experiences in life is to own a pet. They warm our hearts with their loving presence, their adorable little faces and inspire us to be better human beings with their loyalty, affection and love. The feeling of having an unconditional love for your pet is something every fur-ball parent can relate to, right?
Whether it was your grandma’s Siamese cat or her 5 year old Golden Retriever (that was your first brush with pet parenthood), you must be carrying great, cherished memories (assuming that cat wasn’t too cranky!)
Our pets have been alongside us even in our days back in the tiger-skin Tarzan times. They have always been an important part of society, kept mainly for protection and work previously, they are now also widely being kept for therapy, as guides for disabled people and just as an extended member of the family. They’ve not only aided us in times when we needed them to pull carts and herd our cattle, but now they regularly bring smiles to our faces in everyday life and that should earn them some extra love and care especially in the winters, don’t you think?
How Winter Care depends upon Cat or Dog Breed?
When it comes to cats and dogs, we all have our preferences with breeds and coat types, some prefer the exotic long haired breeds such as the Persian, Maine Coon or the Himalayan when it comes to cats and breeds such as Saint Bernards, Pomeranians and Afghan Hounds when talking about dogs.
Similarly, some prefer the equally loveable but relatively low maintenance short haired breeds like the Siamese, Abyssinian or the Turtle-back Tabby when talking about cats and the Labrador, Russell’s Terrier and the Pinscher when dogs are in question.
It’s all subjected to personal choice, but when you have a short-haired pet with minimal coat for protection against the -5 degrees weather…you should have at least more than a couple of dandy tricks up your sleeve to keep your animal partner feeling top notch through the cold.
Pet Protection as the winter begins
In many areas, the winter is a harsh season of numbing cold and dropping temperatures. In such cases you can give your pet the little extra attention it needs to stay warm, happy and healthy through the months by following these simple guidelines:
1. Keeping your pet well-fed:Fueling up your pet with proper food as the temperatures fall is extremely important. A good brand of nutritionally-complete food will ensure your furball is internally well-equipped to fight the harsh weather and has adequate fat based insulation to deal with the climatic cold.
2. Cozy nap corners:Both cats and dogs equally enjoy curling up and napping in cozy places during the cold winter season. It is important to give your pet a warm place to sleep, handy with blankets and warm sheets especially if you keep your pet outdoors. Offer some comfy bedding which is raised from the floor and is free from draft currents to make sure your pet feel of it as a safe haven from the cold.
3. Take precautions if your pet is an adventurer:It is ideal to keep your pet indoors during the colder season but if he/she enjoys spending a lot of time outdoors, monitor his or her habits and make sure your pet does not spend excess time outside as cats and dogs are at a high risk of frostbite and hypothermia during extreme bitter cold. Wandering pets should especially be of more concern to cat owners because your cat may crawl up into car engines for the warmth and could potentially be injured. Always bang your car’s hood to make sure there isn’t any unknowing animal refugee taking shelter in your car.
4. Beware of chemical substances:Anti-freeze, salt and other chemicals are used to treat cars and roads during the cold and can cause serious irritation and inflammation in pet paws. Constant exposure to such chemicals can cause the formation of cuts and sores on the paws of cats or dogs. Anti-freeze from cars is attractive to pets because of its sweet taste but is extremely toxic and is the cause of serious illnesses and in some scenarios, even death. So it is advisable to keep a check on your pet to make sure your pet hasn’t ingested any substance of the sort and if it has, be sure to contact College Station Veterinarian, Veterinary services, a local Vet, House call vet, Mobile vet or College Station, TX, Veterinary care (if you happen to be from the area) immediately. .
5. Grooming and exercise:Proper grooming and exercise routines are of great importance in the snowy months of the winter for pets and pet owners alike. Maintaining proper exercise and a grooming routine for your pet is essential in proper blood circulation as it strengthens your pet’s body systems to fend off the cold spell. Always take out time for exercise so that your pet keeps warm and try blow-drying your furry fellow if he/she stays out in the elements very often. It is advisable to visit College Station Veterinarian, a veterinary centre or College Station, TX, Veterinary care more often in winter months for ensure your pets well being. If you do not get time for this then you have an option for a local neighborhood Vet, House call vet or a Mobile vet.
6. Pet sweaters:We have all seen those snazzy sweaters on at least a few pets this season. A wide range of textures, sizes and colors for your pet’s preferences are available online as well as in stores, Those trendy little sweaters are animal-safe and are made to fit your fur-baby to ensure maximum comfort, so not only do they look completely adorable, but also shelter your pet from the piercing cold and make sure your pet stays healthy, and active throughout.
7. It’s not just November that’s “No Shave”:Under no circumstance should you shave your pet during the cold. A long coat is a natural weather protection for your dog and cat. If, for some medical reasons it is necessary to shave or trim the coat, you must cover your pet with a heavy cloth or sweater that keeps your pet warm and covers the entire torso region to trap body heat.
All in all it is really important to make sure your pet is well protected from the cold in the harsh weather so that you can enjoy your years with your furry friend and have many amazing things to remember at the end of the day. For more information on your pet’s winter care, please visit http://www.collegestationveterinarian.com/
Dr. Marvel, DVM is a fully licensed veterinarian providing house call veterinary care to the College Station Community.
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