The first moment that an animal experiences snow is unlike any other. Many pets take to the flurries and drifts with unbridled (and contagious) enthusiasm. Others, however, harbor deep skepticism – or abject horror – when venturing outside their warm, cozy home.
Consider yourself lucky if your pet can’t get enough of the freezing, blustery weather. However, should your pet require ringing endorsements for winter’s finer qualities, The Pet Experts can provide a few. To this end, check out our tips to keep your pet active during winter. Even if you get snowed in, you won’t get cabin fever!
Before we dive into some ideas to keep your pet active during winter, The Pet Experts would like to remind owners of the myriad dangers of winter weather:
- If it’s too cold for you, it’s definitely too cold for your pet.
- Make sure his or her microchip is up to date and ID tags can be read easily.
- Invest in water resistant boots and an insulating jacket or vest.
- Wash and dry your pet’s paws after returning home from a walk. Ice melt toxicity is a real threat to your pet’s safety and wellness.
- If your pet’s paw pads become dry or cracked, we can help you find a suitable moisturizer.
- Due to the likelihood of slips and falls, keep your pet on leash.
- Do not allow your pet to lap up drinks from puddles; antifreeze can drip and run off into standing water.
Ready, Set, Go!
Getting snowed in can be super fun, but after a couple days, boredom can set in. If possible, shovel a path from your door to an area for your pet to answer nature’s call. Your pet may resist going outside to conduct his or her business; to avoid smells and stains in your home, go outside with your pet.
Some industrious owners may carve out an obstacle course in the snow, play fetch, or simply attempt to keep up the walking routine. The bottom line to keeping your pet active during winter is safety first and foremost.
Keeping Your Pet Active During Winter
Being snowed in can lead to unwanted, or even destructive, behaviors. Of course, we recommend getting outside if only for short spurts throughout the day. Barring that, however, stock up on Kong’s or puzzle feeders, your pet’s favorite toys, and up the silly indoor antics as much as possible. Dogs love hide and seek, cats love to chase, and since you know your pet the very best, you’ll know what to do to keep him or her entertained.
Feel the Love
While there are no hard and fast rules to keeping your pet active during winter, it’s critical to overall health and wellness to adhere to your routine as much as possible. Sure, the weather may shorten walks and lengthen naps, but as long as you’re next to your pet (ensuring their safety and wellbeing), The Pet Experts know you’ll be successful.
Remember to make sure your pet remains warm and hydrated if you have to leave them at home. Do not leave space heaters on in your absence, as they can be easily knocked over.
If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your pet active during winter, please give us a call at The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital.