Winter Pet Safety
When the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s best to keep all animals indoors except when exercising or relieving themselves.
“Outdoor” dogs should have a dry, comfortable, draft-free doghouse large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in his body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. Pet stores carry safe heated floor mats and non-electric warm bedding. The doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
Pets require more calories in lower temperatures because exercise is more strenuous and higher fuel intake helps your pet to maintain body temperature. So stock up on food and treats.
Even when is very cold outside, Pets must have fresh water at all times so make sure the water bowl is clean and full.
Once playing outside is all done, use an old towel to wipe off paws when your dog comes inside to prevent frostbite.
If your dog’s paws come in contact with salt and de-icing chemicals during a walk, rinse the feet off and dry thoroughly once you’re back inside.
Pets are part of our family, so let make sure we take care of them by showing our love and care at all times during the year.
Lisa Lopez, Realtor
Real Estate Agent Associate