As winter approaches, the temperature begins to drop further and further. However, some animals are so curious, that they like to take a look outside, even with wintry weather. It is therefore important to consider a number of tips when you have pets at home.
1. Make sure your pet is visible
Because the days in winter get shorter and shorter, it is important to be visible at all times. And of course this doesn’t only apply to yourself. For yourself, as well as for your four-legged friend, it is important to bring reflective clothing or a small light. This way, you can easily bring yourself and your dog to safety.
2. Provide shelter
In addition, make sure that your pet always has the opportunity to enter its home. For a cat, you can use the cat flap for this, while you can also make something similar for your dog. If you don’t have that option, at least make sure that your pet can lie dry, warm and out of the wind somewhere.
3. Do not leave your pet in the car
It is also advisable to take your pet in the car only when necessary. For example, if you leave the car to go shopping, your pet will not be able to stay warm in the car. This can cause your pet to become hypothermic and possibly even die.
4. Beware of ice
In addition, it is very important to pay attention when you go for a walk with your dog, in case you encounter a frozen lake or puddle. Your dog will probably be very curious, but when the ice breaks, it can have serious consequences for both yourself and your pet. So pay attention to this!
5. Always dry your pet
If you choose to take your pet for a walk in the winter, it is important to always dry your pet off when you are back inside. Not only does this help your pet to warm up faster, but it also prevents diseases. If there is ice or water left on the coat or between your pet’s legs, they will want to take it off quickly by licking it clean. This can cause your pet to ingest harmful substances or bacteria, leading to gastrointestinal complaints.