Keeping Pets Warm in the Winter

 

Just because your pets are covered in fur coats, doesn’t mean that they don’t still get cold. In some areas, even the thickest of coats don’t do the job sufficiently. The signs that your pet is cold can be pretty obvious. Just like people, things such as shivering, trembling, and shaking is a way for the body to attempt to warm the body. Curling up into a tight ball, with their ears pinned back is a sure-fire indicator that your pet is cold. While temperature tolerance varies with every individual dog, puppies, older dogs, and dogs with health conditions have the tendency to feel colder much faster than other dogs.

Keeping Indoor Pets Warm In The Winter Months

If you keep your pets indoors during the colder months, that already makes it much easier to make sure they are staying warm. However, some pets with thinner coats (or no coats at all), may need a little extra help keeping a comfortable temperature. A pet bed with extra blankets, or even a light sweater for everyday wear, can make a big difference. Hairless dogs and cats should always have a sweater on hand in the cold months. Some pets choose to pick a comfy spot in front of fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, or space heaters. Make sure they aren’t sitting or lying too closely or getting too hot as this could cause them to overheat.

Keeping Outdoor Pets (Or Stray Neighborhood Pets) Warm in The Winter

If you have outdoor pets, keeping them warm and out of the elements is a must. If you have a breed of dogs such as a Malamute, Akita, or Husky, you know that they enjoy spending time in the cooler weather. Regardless, make certain that they still have a dog house, or access to another shelter so that they can get out of the elements. If, like many places, you have stray cats (or even dogs) where you live, set a box or doghouse outside your home, or on your porch, with some blankets in it. This could give those without homes a warm place to sleep at night.

Know The Signs Of Hypothermia

Letting your pet become too cold can be dangerous and cause them to develop hypothermia. Knowing the signs could help save your pet’s life.

  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Lack of mental alertness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Dilated and fixed pupils
  • Stupor-like state
  • Loss of consciousness

Hire a Quality Pet Sitter: Irving, Southlake, Coppell, and Surrounding

Many pet owners go out of town during the holiday season. Leaving your pets behind when the weather is cold can send pet owners into a panic. Hiring a responsible, quality pet sitter will assuage your fears! At ACA Pet Sitters, we ensure your pets are warm as well as will alert you immediately if your heater seems to be in disrepair during your absence.

ACA Pet Sitters serves pet owners in Irving, Texas, Southlake, Texas, Coppell, Texas, and the surrounding areas. For caring, quality dog sitting and cat sitting services, contact A Class Above Pet Sitters today!