Top ten essential companion animal tips during the winter months

Top ten essential tips for animal guardians

Winter time can be a glorious and fun season for many, but during the cold freezing months please think about the animals, they need our extra care and attention as there are many hazards lurking outside.

Here are just a few top tips on how to help your furry friends stay happy and healthy during the winter months:

Regular vet examinations

Keeping your companion healthy is vital, just like humans, animals can have health problems. Look after them by keeping up to date with their vet checks and vaccinations, it’s vital to visit your vet regularly.

Help avoid unwanted parasites

Keep your pets vaccinations up to date, including their flea treatment. Fleas can also introduce other parasites and if fleas are swallowed it can cause tapeworm.

Coping with freezing temperatures

Even after just a few minutes, animals exposed to freezing cold weather can cause Hypothermia.

Brushing animals can help blood circulation

Brushing is good for animals, especially our long haired friends who need extra brushing. This helps to get rid of dead hair and stimulate blood circulation which as a result will help improve the condition of their skin.

Don’t leave your animal in a car

Never leave your dog or cat in a car, especially if temperatures outside are freezing. Cars can trap cold air and act like a refrigerator causing the animal to potentially freeze to death.

Extra food to keep pets warm

During the winter, like humans, animals burn extra energy as they try to stay warm. Its advised to increase their food intake slightly during this period as well as ensure they have lots of fresh water available. Often they can become dehydrated and get dry skin, so make sure they have easy access to water.

Rock salts, anti-freeze- all dangerous 

When dogs come in from the outsides, help remove any potentially dangerous chemicals by wiping their legs and stomach. Dogs will often lick their paws and ingest chemicals which are dangerous and can be fatal.

Everybody buckle up

Not only should we wear a seatbelt when we are in a car but our furry friends should too. If animals are not securely fastened they cause  distractions and potentially injuries if the car is involved in an accident. Many vets and shops sell seatbelts and travel carriers.

Microchip your pets

Sadly, many companion animals are not micro chipped and if they get lost they may never be found, this can be heart-breaking. Ensure yours is micro-chipped to help reunite you with your loved one should they get lost or be stolen. Many vet clinics offer a free or a low cost micro chipping, just ask your local vet for advice and services available.

Growing up with animals may help children to gain respect for living things

Having companion animals in the home may help to encourage childhood responsibility and promote social skills. Growing up with animals can also help children to develop an understanding about compassion and respect towards animals.

Always check with your local veterinary surgery for free advice about winter hazards and ways to keep your companion friends happy and protected from the elements.

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