NEW DELHI: As mercury levels plummet across the country, it’s time to give pets extra care and protection. Here are some tips for keeping your furry friend warm and comfortable during the colder months.
Wrap them in wool: I can’t imagine going outside in winter without a sweater. The same applies to your pet. Choose from a variety of options available for your cat and dog. Choose the right size and keep warm when you go out for a walk. If you have rabbits or birds, cover the cage with a shawl and leave some space for ventilation.
Keep them hydrated: Reduce your pet’s water consumption during the winter season. However, dehydration can be life-threatening for them. So don’t leave your water bowl empty. Make sure they are drinking enough water. Always carry a water bottle with you when you go for a walk.
Indoor accidents: Cold winters can cause unintentional urination in your home. Take them out often to relieve yourself. Holding pee for too long can cause urinary tract infections in pets. You can consider potty training your pet indoors. A pee pad and pee tray are available to check as an option. Labrador pet parent Ipshita Gupta said: It keeps floors clean and doesn’t cause a rash on Mia’s skin unlike other floor cleaners she’s used before.Activated with the power of neem, Nimil also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Arrange warm bedding. Do not let your pet sleep on cold floors during the winter. Prepare warm and cozy bedding. Place the bedding in a warm place, preferably where you sleep every day. Clean the area regularly with water and a pet-friendly floor cleaner. Dirty surfaces can lead to rashes on the lower abdomen. Many pet owners use pet-friendly heaters and warmers to control room temperature.
Limit outdoor time to days: Keep your pets indoors, especially at night. Go for a walk together in the early morning hours. Sun exposure during these times provides much-needed vitamin D.
Check for hypothermia. Pets should take extra precautions when temperatures drop significantly. Ushija Astana, pet parent of Cooper, the dog, and Silver, the cat, said, “Dogs and cats’ paws are not covered with fur and must be protected from freezing. Pets are lifting their paws off the floor. If , it indicates that the weather is too cold for them.