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With the temperatures dripping down, snow taking place all over the land, and cold winds blowing, we just love to be indoors surrounding ourselves around the hearth. Well, what about your pets. If you thinking your pet, with that thick fur coat and fan of outdoors, can survive the winter, then you are wrong.

Pets cannot withstand extreme temperatures and they being your family members, it’s your responsibility to protect them from this bone-chilling weather. Give them the extra care this winter by following these few steps.

Turning Indoors

Is your pet stays most of the time outdoors or love to enjoy outdoor environment? But, when the chilly winds are blowing and land is covered with snow, you definitely don’t want your furry pal to freeze outside. Take him in and provide a toasty zone to fight cold and help him stay warm as you would be. Definitely, you don’t want your pet to become a frozen piece.

Accept This Truth

Are you keeping your dog outdoors and think that being an outdoor animal it can survive or the fur is enough to protect him from the cold winds? Then, you are completely wrong. As you can’t stand that too cold conditions, your pooch’s fur is not capable of protecting him from harsh cold winds. With no protection, they can certainly freeze to death. Just get a good shelter or DIY doghouse with wooden planks to provide him a safe abode from killing weather.

Drinks and Dinners

Winter means your furry pal requires more calories to keep him warm. Ensure that you provide him good amount of balanced and complete feed rich in nutritional supplements. Don’t make a mistake that winters mean dogs do not require any water. It’s important that you provide plenty of fresh and clean water to your pooch. This helps to maintain his health. Also, keep an eye that your dog’s water bowl doesn’t become the resting place for fleas. Provide clean water twice a day and check that it’s not a frozen lump for your pet to lick that.

Diet Facts of Winter

Thinking that your indoor pet requires the same amount of feed as an outdoor pet, then rule out this thought. Compared to outdoor pets, indoor pets require less amount of calorie as they conserve less energy by sleeping more in winter. Moreover, they go less outdoors and do not play or run around. So, keep a check on the amount of feed you are providing to your indoor furry pal. Because feeding them excess can make them obese.

Frosty Fear

Don’t think that it is something that can frighten you. Snow just freezes out your pet’s paw and cause frosty bites. It’s a serious problem that affects paws, tips of tails and ears. Keeping this in mind take the responsibility to safeguard your pet from frosting, especially when your pet is an outdoor pet. From an online pet supplies store buy warm clothes, dog booties, coats and may be a hat to cover them and protect them from frostbites.

Roads and Footpaths

If you live in a place that has lots of snow and ice in the winter, you probably know about the de-icing chemicals used for melting the ice. The animals can be poisoned when they lick ice-melting products off their feet. Therefore, it is important that you use a damp cloth to wipe your pooch’s paws and underside after being outside. When going on walks, you can even get those booties on him, which protects both from cold and harmful ice salt.

Ride for Safety

Normally, it’s in summer that we fear not to leave our pet in an abandoned car. But, the same is true for winters also. Due to the freezing temperatures, the temperature in a closed car drastically lowers and if a pet is left unattended in a car – a trouble just awaits. The vehicle becomes like a freezer causing hypothermia and leads to death.

Furthermore, mostly in the parked vehicles, cats find the best place under the hood and rest on the warm motor. When a motorist just starts the car, it turns out to be a big mishap. So, before turning on the keys in your car, check once whether your kitty is taking a nap there or not.

These easy to follow steps can help to protect your pet from the chilly climate and keep them warm and healthy. So, start winterizing your pet right now.

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Author

Jesse McDaniel is an animal activist that raises concerns and spreads awareness regarding pet health issues. She is also a self-proclaimed pet lover who tends to support many pet shelters, assisting them with supplies and medical aid on a regular basis.