With Hurricane Season in full swing and the cold, blizzard-filled Winter just around the corner, it’s important to know how to best care for your pets in these extreme weather situations. Here are a few tips to ensure your pet stays safe and healthy in any weather event.
Hurricanes can bring strong, damaging winds and flood-producing rain. Caring for your pets starts by having a strong emergency plan. Stock up on food, water, and medication to last at least three weeks. Check with your vet about enrolling your pet in a recovery database, as well as getting your pet microchipped. Get an updated record of the health and vaccinations of your pet, and make sure your pet is up to date on all shots. Even if your pet is microchipped, they should wear a collar with a rabies vaccination tag and an ID tag that includes your cell phone number.
If evacuation is required, be sure where you are staying will welcome your furry friend. Many shelters do not allow pets, so make sure to look for one that is pet-friendly.
You may be ready for winter, but is your pup? Winter storms can take a toll on both pet and owner. With cold winds, slippery sleet, and snow to shovel, the winter can be anything but fun for a human. As for pets, the winter can be tolerable (They have that warm fur coat after all) but there are a few precautions you should take to ensure they are safe and comfortable through the colder months.
Just as you need to pull on your gloves, boots, hat, and coat, pets could use a little extra warmth as well when going outside. If your pup has short hair, a sweater can be helpful on the coldest days to help keep him warm. Little boots can be purchased for dogs to keep their feet warm and off the damaging ice during walks. Boots can also help minimize the amount of salt and other snow melting chemicals get on your pet’s feet. Snow-melting salt and antifreeze can hurt your pup’s sensitive feet and can be toxic if ingested. Make sure you rinse your dog’s feet after a winter walk. Stock up on food and medicine as well as fun activities for your pets as it will be difficult, if not impossible to venture out during a snow storm.
In some states, it may even be illegal to improperly care for your pet in extreme weather. State legislators in Pennsylvania recently passed a law that would make it illegal to leave dogs tied up for longer than 30 minutes if it is colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer than 90 degrees.
Of course, you would never purposely mistreat your beloved furry friend. Follow these tips, and your pet will be happy and safe in any weather.
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