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Tips on Winterizing For Your Pet

Need some tips on winterizing for your beloved furry friend?  Just as you need to bundle up when the weather is frightful, so does your best furry companion!  As we watch the temperatures in the Mid-West and East Coast plummet, remember that our pets depend on us to keep them safe and warm.
One good rule of thumb is if it’s too cold for you, it’s definitely too cold for them.  Here are some quick tips on things to remember specifically for our dogs and cats.

Dogs:
-Walking/Outdoors
Fido must have a walk and get outside; but just be aware of his/her paws getting overly exposed to snow or ice pack.  They can suffer from frost bite just as you or I.  Make sure they aren’t in lakes, rivers, or oceans for extended periods of time.  Their fur acts as a protectant, but if continually wet in below 40 degrees, they can get hypothermia.  Remember also, as the days are shorter and it gets darker earlier, make sure you have reflective collars, leashes, doggie coat– drivers can spot you and your pooch while you are out for that evening walk after work.
Items to consider for your doggie best friend:  booties for paws/snow, snow/rain coat, reflective gear, towels for car to dry off, and always lots of water!

Cats:
-Indoor/Outdoor
If you have a cat, who enjoys going in and out in the warmer months, make sure he/she has a way to get out of the cold during the colder months.  Can they access the house through a pet door?  Do they have a warm shelter in a garage or outside that they can get out of the elements if they are outside?  And always make sure they have food/water to access outside as well.

For either Cats or Dogs— if you have your pets strictly outside, make sure they have a warm comfortable shelter and plenty of food and water.  Animals do pretty well if they are acclimated to the cold; but anything below 40degrees can be detrimental to them.  Building a warm pet shelter, providing a space in the garage, or pet igloos are all great options.

Want to learn more?  A great article from Webmd.com goes into more detail on the importance of winterizing for your pets!

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