Cold Weather Preparedness
It’s that time of year once again. The leaves have fallen and we are all gearing up for the cold. Just around the corner we can expect the temperatures to fall below freezing and we have dug out our snow boots and window scrappers because we know that the snow is going to show at some point. We want to be sure you’ve remembered your pet preparations as well! As a reminder this year is the first full year that the laws have changed regarding leaving your pets outside in extreme weather. Earlier this year we talked about when it was extremely hot the new law requiring bringing your dogs and cats inside to keep them safe. The law also requires that you do the same in extreme cold. If you do not you could face a large fine ($2,500) or up to a year in jail now because of the new law. Regardless of the law there are still many things that you can do to make sure your pets remain happy and healthy during these upcoming cold winter months. Here are just a few:
- Be sure that your pets always have access to water. When the ground freezes so does their water bowl. There are many ways to deal with this, from breaking up the ice and refilling the bowl to purchasing a heated water bowl. Either way it is extremely important for your dog’s life to have access to water every day.
- Make sure that they are getting plenty of food. Animals burn a lot of calories trying to stay warm so it is important to not cut back on their food and watch that they aren’t losing weight as it gets colder.
- All animals need shelter. While often times it seems that we provide dog houses and they ignore them be sure to have adequate shelter just the same. Often times adding straw to the house will add insulation to them to give the house additional warmth. Cats also need a shelter. Often times cats are thought to find their own shelter but it is important to offer them one as well. If you do not want to provide them a house, there are lots of options online on how to create a small house online that is insulated on the days that it is still warm enough for them to remain out doors.
- Also, as always have your pets seen regularly by a veterinarian to be sure that they are healthy enough to handle the strain of living outdoors full time and stay up to date on their vaccinations. By maintaining regular visits often times your veterinarian will be able to detect potential health issues early on and begin treatment before something that is a small problem for your four-legged best friend is now a big one.
- While you are restocking your emergency kit for winter provisions don’t forget to include the things your pet might need as well. Chances are you will never need it but it’s always better to have it ready and never use it then to need it and not have it!
If at any time you have any questions about how to prepare or just general questions about the shelter and what it is we do, we would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us