pet exercise in inclement weatherWe’re headed into January, when the weather outside can be really frightful. Before we get one of those arctic vortex forecasts this season, make plans to keep your pet warm and safe – no matter the temperature. It’s been a warm December, but historically, this is the time of year to have temperatures drop into the 20’s with wind chills in the teens or below. You pet isn’t used to such frigid air. And when the temps plunge, it can be a life or death situation.

Many people don’t realize animals are susceptible to frost bite and dehydration just like humans – even though they have “fur coats” to help keep them warm. A few tips to keep their core temperature warm include keeping them in an enclosed shelter, such as a garage or utility room. Outdoor pets should have an enclosed shelter facing away from the wind.

Also, keep pets water changed often to make sure it does not freeze. Make sure they have plenty of food, too, because keeping warm uses up energy. Use plastic bowls instead of metal, and check your pet’s ears, tail and footpads for signs of frostbite.

Just like you, your pet deserves a warm, comfortable place to stay warm this winter, no matter the weather. Get your pet ready now, and then you’ll be able to sing, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”