Being Prepared: Your Pets and Harsh Weather

You already know that extremely hot or cold temperatures are dangerous for humans, but you should also have the same awareness for your pets. It is important to know how to protect your dogs and cats from cold or hot weather conditions, and also, you should know what to do if a pet is ill from a change in the temperature. Here are some ideas for protecting your pets from dangerous weather.

Have a Shelter for Your Pets

Make sure to have a safe shelter for your pet when it is outside your home. Have a waterproof and insulated doghouse where your pets can stay on a hot or cold day. When the temperature is extremely hot or cold, bring your dogs and cats inside. If your pets are accustomed to living outside, then have a safe fenced area in your home where cats and dogs can stay until the weather improves.

Provide Water and Food for Your Pets

Your pets must have water to remain hydrated in the summer and the winter. It is essential to provide plenty of water for your dogs and cats. Pets that live outside a home must have water that is easy to access during the winter when bowls of water can freeze. Remember that indoor pets also need water nearby because if the power goes off in a home, an animal can become dehydrated in only a few hours. Cats and dogs also need fresh food that hasn't spoiled from the hot temperatures or that has frozen from the cold temperatures.

Cloth Coats and Booties

During the winter, some pets can't stay warm enough despite having fur. If you have a pet that shivers after going outside, then you can buy a cloth coat and booties for your cat or dog. Some pets resist wearing booties or a coat, but with practice, your cat or dog can become accustomed to wearing the items.

Trimming a Pet's Fur During the Summer 

While you shouldn't shave your pet's fur during the summer, it is acceptable to groom your dogs or cats. After giving your pet a bath, you can brush out some of the loose hair from the animal's coat, and you can use scissors to trim its longer hair. Avoid trimming too much fur because if a pet's skin is exposed, then a cat or dog can develop sunburned skin.

Understand Emergency Medical Procedures for Pets

As a pet owner, you must understand how to perform emergency medical procedures on your pet. First, know the signs of a problem from hot or cold temperatures. If a pet is acting odd, then check its body for problems such as discolorations on the paws from frostbite or perspiration dripping from the nose. Dogs and cats with weather-related health conditions require immediate attention from a veterinarian. During the winter, bring a cold pet inside a home immediately, and during the summer, give your pet drinking water as fast as possible.

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