Keeping Your Pets Warm During Winter
Updated: Feb 7, 2019
Created by Privette Heating & Air Conditioning Admin
Temperatures are dropping quickly in East Texas. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to provide you with tips to help you make sure your pets stay warm, healthy and happy during the Winter months!
Inside is the place to be! Never leave your dogs or cats outdoors. If they get too cold or wet, they can get sick; just like you! If you choose not to let your animals inside, provide them with an insulated shelter like a dog house or shed. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.
Keep your pets hydrated & fed! Trying to stay warm will take up a lot of your pet’s energy. Make sure there is always fresh water available for your animals! Don’t forget — your pet will need extra food during the winter months, too!
Dress for the weather! If your animal is small or short haired, they might need a coat or sweater to wear while outside.
Stay comfy! Just like you, your furry companion wants a warm place to sleep. A dog or cat bed with a blanket or pillow away from drafts is purrfect!
Don't leave your pet alone in the car! During cold weather, the car can become very cold causing your pet to freeze to death.
Don't cut their hair! Never shave your dog down to the skin in the winter — his fur will provide warmth. And if your dog needs a bath, dry him off completely before taking him outside on a walk.
Be cautious when you start your car! The warm engines of parked cars are a magnet for outdoor cats. They love sleeping under the hoods when it’s cold outside, but when the motor starts, the kitty can be injured — or even killed — by the fan belt. Bang on your hood loudly or honk your horn before starting the car so cats have a chance to move away!
Take care of their feet! Massage petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible. After taking your pet for a walk, wash and dry their feet and stomach.