Just because animals have fur coats doesn’t mean they are immune to the harsh realities of a Canadian winter. Here are some animal care tips in time for the cold weather:
Limit exposure: When the mercury plunges, exercise caution and limit your pet’s exposure to the outdoors.
Salt: Salt used on roads and driveways can irritate the sensitive pads on the bottom of your pet’s feet. Keep a towel by your front door and wipe down your pooch’s paws after a walk.
Fresh water: If you keep any water bowls outside for your animals during the winter, be sure to check the supply a few times a day to ensure it isn’t frozen over.
Car engines: Cats and wildlife are drawn to the heat generated by your car’s engine on cold days. Make sure you bang on your car’s hood to avoid injuring a sleeping creature.
Antifreeze: Antifreeze can be harmful to pets. When adding antifreeze to your vehicle, pour carefully and clean up any spills that may occur.
Entertain wisely: The winter season is a peak time for at-home parties and other get-togethers. It may be a good idea to keep animals away from the bustle and noise during a party.
Identification: Having an animal run away from home at any time of the year is troublesome, but especially during the winter season. Make sure your best friends are equipped with proper identification, including a collar, tag and microchip.