As we enter into the winter months, you need to make sure that you are not only thinking of yourself at this time but your pets, too. Your pets need you to protect them in this winter time, and it is your job as their owner to do so. But, if you are not familiar with how you should go about doing this, you need to read the advice below. Let’s work together here to prepare for the cold and keep your pets safe this winter.
Depending on what pet you have, they might still need to go outside in the cold weather. So, where a cat could happily stay inside all day your dog will need to go outside for walks, exercise, mental stimulation, as well as to relieve themselves. As this is the case, it is important that you take all the precautions that are necessary to keep your pets safe when the temperatures plummet.
If you need to take your dog outside, make sure you only stay out there as long as it is absolutely necessary. Your dog will let you know if they are too cold by whining, shivering and walking slowly, once you notice these signs, you need to get your dog inside.
To help ease the cold for your dog, consider getting booties for their paws to make it easier on them when they do have to venture outside. This is just a way to make the cold less harsh on your dog's paws. This will not only protect your favorite canine's feet from the harsh ice, but salt and or/icemelt, as well.
Antifreeze Can Kill
It is difficult for animals to distinguish between antifreeze and water. What might look like a refreshing drink to your pet, could actually end up causing their death. For this reason, you need to be careful where you store antifreezein your garage, but additionally, you need to keep an eye out for this when you are walking your pet. Even the smallest amount of antifreeze could either kill or seriously harm your pet.
You need to have an emergency kit ready for the winter months. This is not just the case for the humans in your family, but your little friends too. There should be enough water, food, blankets, as well as any medication your pet takes. You don’t want to be stranded somewhere, even in your own home, without everything that you are going to need for at least a couple of days.
Ensure that your pet has a warm place to sleep if this happens. We know it can be difficult when you are trying to keep everyone warm, but you should not forget about your pet here. Even letting them sleep with you, or under a warm blanket could be the difference between them freezing, and not.
You know that in Wisconsin, the winters can be harsh and long, so you need to make sure that your pet is protected through this time, and with the tips above, you can make sure that they are.
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It’s no secret that we love animals at Grantsburg Animal Hospital. During this Adopt a Dog Month, we’d like to share five reasons that adopting is a great choice for adding a canine companion to your family!
1. It’s less expensive. By adopting a pet, you can bypass the early costs of puppy vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and possibly even damage to your home from housebreaking! Many well-trained dogs are living in shelters just waiting for a home such as yours - and you can take advantage of the investment others have made into the dog, whether through vaccines, behavior training, and previous veterinary care.
2. History. When you adopt a dog, you’ll be able to get valuable insight into her temperament, behaviors, and learn what makes her happy or uncomfortable. This important information helps you get started off on the right paw, right away! Since rescue groups, foster families, and humane societies have so much experience with dog behaviors, you’ll greatly benefit from this background knowledge of your new companion.
3. You can match the right age to your home. Perhaps you are looking to enrich your home with the curiosity of a new puppy. But since not everyone has the energy or resources to train and engage a puppy, (Although there are plenty of puppies in shelters, too!) maybe you’d prefer a dog who is a bit more seasoned, experienced and settling into her “golden years”. By thoughtfully analyzing your environment and amount of activity you have in your home, you can identify what age of dog would be a perfect fit!
4. Your Health. Adding a dog to your home will give you an extra reason to explore outside in our beautiful Wisconsin autumn colors and snowy treks! Having a dog depend on you for her daily walk and exercise helps give you the extra motivation to avoid watching that extra show on TV and spend your time with her instead!
5. You’ll save at least one life. Not only do you potentially save the life of the dog you adopt, a spot is opened up for another pet in need into the shelter or foster family that she came from. Adoption fees that you pay also help keep the shelter running and magnify their impact into your local community.
We’d love to meet your newly adopted pet when he or she joins your family! With over 30 years in the Grantsburg and Wild River communities, our modern facilities and caring staff will ensure that your new family member is cared for with the very best in veterinary care.
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