Pet owners always want to ensure that their little companions are safe and healthy. Although it’s an everyday job to take care of your pets, you need to be more cautious during changing the weather as many illnesses and diseases are prevalent seasonally. As you are responsible for the health and well-being of your pet, be aware of the safety needs of your pets especially in winters and summers. Here are some pet safety tips you can follow to fortify your pets during these times of the year.
Pet safety tips you must know for winters
When pets are exposed to cold weather, they can suffer from a lot of problems. Some of the most important tips for winters are mentioned below.
Don’t shave your pet near winters
As the long hair coat provides more heat insulation, you should leave your pet’s hair longer for the winter season.
Protect and wipe their paws
During a walk outside in winters, ice accumulates in the paws of your pet causing cold-weather injury or bleeding. If you notice any bleeding, call a veterinarian. You can use petroleum jelly to protect their paws. Also, dry them with a towel after a walk.
Bathe your pet less in during winters
Too much bathing and washing can cause dry skin so avoid it during cold weather. If you must bath your pet, ask your veterinarian to suggest a moisturizing shampoo.
Keep your pet away from antifreeze
Antifreeze has a sweet taste that attracts pets but they can cause acute illness or death when consumed so you must clean any spills in your garage from your vehicles. You can also use products having propylene glycol in them, instead of ethylene glycol.
Feed your pet well
In cold weather, pets use more energy to maintain their body temperature, just like humans. Feed your pet a little more to provide the much-needed extra calories in wintertime. Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s nutritional requirements during winters.
Keep your pet at home
Cold weather affects your pet badly, if it’s too cold outside, leave them at home. Also, never leave your pets in cold cars as a cold car can become a refrigerator in a few minutes and may freeze them to death.
Observe your pets to recognize problems
If you are on a walk and your pet is shivering, whining, seems weak or stops moving, you should quickly bring them back to the house because these are the signs of hypothermia. In such cases, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Pet safety tips you need to know for summers
A beautiful sunny day in summer is always a good time to go for a walk with your little furry friend. We all enjoy it but you must protect your little companion from overheating and the hot weather. Here are some precautions you need to consider in summers.
Never leave pets in hot cars
Just like cold cars, hot cars are dangerous for pets. Heat buildup in parked vehicles is faster than you think (rise above 38oC in 10 minutes). Have someone stay with them or leave them at home.
Walk pets when its cooler outside
Avoid walking your pets in full sun as the hot surfaces are hard to bear. Walk your pets in the mornings and evenings when the sun is not burning.
Watch your pets near pools
Enjoying pools and beaches in summer is all good but keep an eye on your pet near water. Not all the pets can swim so make sure they stay out of water. If your pet can swim, supervise them while they are swimming.
Keep them hydrated
Pets are more prone to dehydration so make sure that they are getting all the water they need during summer. Signs of dehydration include sunken eyes, a dry mouth, panting, and exhaustion. The skin of pets also loses its elasticity when they are not well hydrated.
Protect them from heartworms, mosquitoes, and fleas
These creatures love the summer season. You should consult your veterinarian to protect your pets from them. Get medication and treatment for heartworms every year.
Most pets develop allergies in the late summer season. The symptoms of pet allergies are similar to that of humans if you notice such symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately.
Don’t shave your pets
Long hair not only provides heat insulation in cold weather but also protects your pets from sunburn and overheating. Although it’s better to not shave your pets in summer, you can trim their hair a bit.
Our pet animals are a constant source of love and affection for us. They help us to deal with depression, high blood pressure, anxiety and also heart-diseases. To return all these favors, it’s our responsibility to take care of them in extreme weather so keep them warm and full in winters and hydrated in summer.