Winter Pet Care Tips

Sooner or later the weather outside will be frightful.  And, since it’s Rochester, then the weather will be delightful and then frightful again.  It’s important to stay on top of weather conditions not only for yourself, but for your four legged friends as well.  Here is some information we found from the Humane Society for Winter Pet Care Tips.

Keep pets indoors

A brief walk won’t hurt, but back inside you go, right after.

Take precautions if your pet spends a lot of time outside

Make sure the shelter you provide is up to the  standards that will keep your pet safe

Help neighborhood outdoor cats

Grab some friends and consider a community project of building a temporary shelter.

Give your pets plenty of food and water

Keeping warm actually depletes your pet of energy.  Make sure they are well fed and hydrated.

Be careful with cats, wildlife and cars

Apparently the warm engine is too good to resist sometimes.

Protect paws from salt

Make sure you wipe down your pets paws to avoid irritation of your pets feet and mouth.

Avoid antifreeze poisoning

Make sure all chemicals are out of reach and wipe up any spills ASAP.  The antifreeze has a tempting taste and we don’t want your pet to suffer.

Speak out if you see a pet left in the cold

Documentation is important.  Be as specific as you can and report your findings to your local animal control agency.

For all the details including the care of horses and other animals, be sure to read the entire article. 

If you do have to stay indoors you can still keep active with these great indoor activities from Petfinder:

 Laser pointer:  

Dog and cats both enjoy this diversion and the pointers are not that expensive.

 Searching game:

Hide treats or favorite (i.e. smelly) toys around the house, then tell your dog to find them.

Chasing bubbles:

soap-bubble-824564_960_720A lot of dogs (and cats too!) love chomping on bubbles. (Here’s a great video) Set up near a fan for extra fun — just be sure to use pet-friendly bubbles (available in many pet-supply stores).

Be sure to read the rest of the article for even more fun ideas. 

We’ve also added a few new ideas from PopSugar that will be just as fun for you:

Build a Blanket Fort

Now you have the perfect excuse to build away.  In fact, you’ll be able to take a long winter’s nap!

Have an indoor Olympics

We saw this idea come up in more than one article.  It’s a great way to keep you and your pet agile.  Stage a few obstacles here and there, (you did need to dust anyway, right?) scatter some treats for motivation and let the games begin!

The weather outside may be frightful, but you can still have fun and be safe this winter.  If you’re looking for more room to roam, indoors or out, contact us today and we can help you find the perfect shelter!  Contact us today!



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