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TRUSTDale Tip of the Day: *Winter Pet Care
|Misconceptions About Winter|
Many people believe that because their pets have a coat of fur they are able to withstand the cold better than humans. This is not the case. Like us, animals are accustomed to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather can as hard on them as it is on people. Forcing animals to be outside during harsh weather can lead to serious illness.
Tips for Winter Safety
Follow these guidelines to protect your pets in cold weather:
- Keep pets indoors as much as possible in cold weather. When they go out, stay with them. When you're cold enough to go in, your pet is probably ready to return inside too.
- Make sure that your pet always has fresh, non-frozen drinking water. Animals that don't have clean accessible water will turn to gutters and puddles when they can drink deadly antifreeze, oil and other chemicals.
- Your pet's health can also affect how long it can stay outdoors. Conditions like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and hormonal imbalances can compromise a pet's ability to regulate their own body heat.
- Very young and old animals are especially vulnerable to the cold. The cold can be especially hard on the joints of older animals that become stiff and tender. Stay directly behind older pets when they are climbing stairs. Stiff and arthritic pets can experience significant injury if they slip on ice, so beware of conditions when you walk them.