The first piece of advice Cynthia Jones, medical director of the Humane Society of North Texas Clinic, has for pet owners is to keep pets indoors if possible.
DALLAS – As one Arctic Blast When arriving in North Texas, pets should also be kept safe and warm.
The Humane Society of North Texas has some tips for pet owners to make sure their pets have proper shelter. The first piece of advice Cynthia Jones, medical director of the Humane Society of North Texas Clinic, has for pet owners is to keep pets indoors if possible.
“In these extreme conditions, it is very important to protect your pet as much as possible. If possible, bring the pet indoors. Dog houses (with high floors) are good to help prevent wind. are, but must have additional insulation or a source of heat. Provided. Make sure any outdoor housing provided is watertight…. Cold is bad, and cold is potentially fatal. “Keep an eye on animal water when a prolonged freeze is expected. A water source at all times.”
Tips for keeping pets safe:
Provide adequate shelter:
Make sure your pet has a warm and insulated shelter. This can be a well-insulated dog house or a cozy shelter with blankets for small pets. Make sure it protects them from wind, rain and cold temperatures.
- Warm bedding: Place warm bedding inside their shelter, such as blankets or straw. This will help keep the pet safe from the cold ground.
- Adjust diet: In cold weather, pets may burn more calories to stay warm. Consider adjusting their diet to provide additional calories, but consult your doctor to determine the appropriate amount.
- Check water bowls: Make sure your pet always has access to unfrozen water. Check their water bowls regularly and replace frozen water with fresh, lukewarm water.
- Dress appropriately: For some pets, especially small or short-haired breeds, consider dressing them in appropriate pet clothing designed for cold weather. This can help keep them warm during outdoor activities.
- Limit outdoor time: Minimize the amount of time your pet spends outside during extreme cold weather. If possible, encourage them to exercise indoors or take short walks.
- Protect Paws: Cold weather can be hard on your pet’s paws. Consider using a pet-safe paw balm to protect their pads from salt and snow. You can also use booties made for pets.
- Regular Grooming: Keep your pet’s coat clean and well-groomed. A clean and well-maintained coat provides better insulation against the cold.
- Check for signs of cold stress: Watch for signs of cold stress, such as shivering, lethargy, or seeking warm places. Consult your veterinarian if you notice any behavior.
- Go to the doctor: Schedule a check-up with your doctor before the onset of winter. Make sure your pet is healthy and discuss any special concerns or precautions based on their breed and health status.
Additional tips for community cats and resources:
Caring for outdoor community cats, also known as feral or stray cats, requires a different approach than indoor pets. Here are some tips to provide support and ensure their well-being:
- Shelter: Provide outdoor shelters for community cats. These shelters should be well insulated, waterproof, and high enough to keep them dry and warm. You can use pre-made cat shelters or make your own using materials such as Styrofoam, plastic bags and straw.
- Feeding stations: Set up feeding stations with regular and constant sources of food. Dry or wet cat food is fine, and be sure to provide fresh water. Feeding at the same time every day helps establish a routine for cats.
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