Winter is already upon us, and we are busy getting ready by taking out warm clothes, preparing the house or housing to endure the onslaught of the cold, and equipping our vehicles with everything we need for our safe travel during the throes of the cold season. It is therefore important to think of our four-legged companions in order to allow them to return to the warmer skies of spring. Here are some tips that will help your pet through this period that sometimes causes them a lot of torment!!!
Know the limits of our pet
An animal’s age influences its ability to control cold: young and older animals are less able, as well as those who are less well fed. For those who live indoors, it is best to reduce exposure to the cold.
Risk of frostbite
In very cold weather, the risk of frostbite is present for animals especially in the ears, pads and tail. It is essential to clean your dog’s pads thoroughly to avoid injury and even burns.
Here is Best, a stray cat rescued from the cold by the team of SPA Mauricie, some of her ears had to be amputated following frostbite.
Dogs that live outdoors will need to be insulated from the wind and cold and always clean. The animal must have access to fresh unfrozen water and food at all times.
Watch out for the engines!!
Animals seek heat in cold weather and the car engine is the perfect place to shelter our feline friends. Before you start your car, bang on the hood or honk your horn so that the warm refugee animal has time to get out and avoid injury.