This time of year, the weather is always unpredictable in Texas. Our animals depend on us to protect them during the cold fronts we are seeing. Here are a few tips for protecting your animals in the cold:
Be aware of what type of pet you have – some have more tolerance for the cold than others (i.e. a Great Pyrenees will need much less help in the cold than a Chihuahua).
Watch the weather forecast! If it is below freezing, ALL animals should be brought indoors.
· If it is not below freezing, shelter and warmth can be provided by several means for outdoor animals:
o Outdoor only animals should be given access to a garage or other means of shelter, such as a dog house. It is preferable to provide a surface that is elevated from the ground as well.
o Outdoor heaters can be purchased that are relatively inexpensive at any home improvement store. If you do chose to use these for outdoor pets, place them carefully so as to prevent the dog from knocking it over or becoming burned from being too close to it.
o Provide thick beds and blankets that allow pets to “snuggle”.
o Keep water flowing. Remember that water bowls will freeze quickly if they do not have flowing water.
· Check your pet’s feet when going for walks. If there is ice or snow out, there are likely to be chemicals on the ground from deicing or automobile antifreeze that can be toxic if ingested.
· Be alert and recognize any abnormal behavior in your pet. An ill animal will often only show that it is ill by acting differently.
If you have questions for your particular home, please feel free to call us. The following websites also have some great information: