Don’t leave your pet out in the cold! Pets are family and should be treated as such. Just as we need extra protection to survive the seasons, so do our pets.
If it is too cold for you to go outside, it’s too cold for your pet. If it is too hot for you and may be hard to breathe, remember that your pets experience the same affects. Let’s think about our dogs: besides their normal outdoor ‘potty’ routine, dogs are happiest and safest inside during extreme weather conditions. Extended outdoor stay during harsh conditions can cause severe illness or be fatal to your pets.
Pets that get too chilled can develop hypothermia or even frostbite. If your dog continually shivers and is unresponsive, hypothermia could be setting in and you should take him to the vet immediately! Short-coated pets are more prone to hypothermia or frostbite, but don’t be fooled by a heavy coat either. It may take a bit longer, but it is still extremely dangerous, not to mention painful for their ears and paws.
As for dogs or cats with a heavy coat, they are more prone to heat stroke during very hot temperatures. Pets, particularly outdoor pets, should always have a ‘safety zone’ when extreme weather conditions strike.
Remember, you can take precautions and dress pets warmly in clothes and booties or provide fresh water and shade, but the safest and most logical place is inside, even if it that means a warm garage or indoor patio. Your pet will truly be happy and grateful to you!
How do you keep your pet comfortable and safe in all weather conditions? Tell us in the comments!