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Pet Weather Tips

Pet Weather Tips

Keep pets safe during cooler weather. As the temperatures drop from frigid to icy, dog health will need to be watched by owners. Read these cold weather safety tips for dogs now:

  • Dogs still need fresh water when they are outside. Just because they aren't visibly sweating or panting doesn't mean they aren't dehydrated.
  • Dog paws are sensitive. Keep rooms in houses humidified to keep moisture flowing to dogs. When they come back inside, dry paws with a towel. Cracked feet become painful to dogs and will require petroleum jelly or other paw protectant to sooth their pain. (Think about cracked knuckles.)
  • Dogs will need a little more nutrition during the cold weather months. However, be sure not to overfeed them too much.
  • Dogs still require exercise in fall and will want to go for jogs; hikes; and play in the snow. Know your dog's limits and do not over do it. 

Animal Safety and Prevention Month is October. Keep these cold weather dog tips in mind this season.

Animal Safety Month

Animal Safety Month

October is Animal Safety and Protection Month; and there are many reasons why we need to keep a close watch on pets this month. For now, let's discuss pet safety against wildlife.

For starters, fall is the time of year when homeowners see the most wildlife on landscapes. This is because wild animals, such as deer, coyotes and bears, are scouting for food before the first frost; and they know they are running out of time to eat in home gardens. While they want fresh fruits and veggies from lawns and gardens, they will not say 'no' to the meat from dogs and cats. 

The top wild animals to attack pets include:

  • Coyotes
  • Bears
  • Snakes
  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
  • Deer/Elk/Moose
  • Groundhogs
  • Skunks

While we may get excited to see wild animals on our property, this is really bad news for pets and pet owners. Wild animals spread diseases including Lyme Disease; and a disease like this can harm pets for many months, years. Additionally, wounds and injuries from wildlife attacks on pets can lead to infection and even rabies. This will force pet owners to put-down their pets. Deer and other large animals, such as elk and moose, may use their strong legs or antlers to apply blunt force trauma to animals, as well. 

To protect pets from wildlife encounters, a physical barrier, such as a dog fence, will need to be built in backyards to separate wildlife from domestic animals. For deer, a fence will need to be at least 7.5-8' feet high to block jumping attempts. Coyotes chew; and will need to be stopped by a strong, metal fence that is at least 6 feet tall. For bear control, go with an electric fence. 

There are many types of fence on the market, but a humane pet fence is best not just for domestic pets but for wildlife. Choose to keep the peace with wildlife this October with these animal safety tips.

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