Dogs In Cold Weather
The fall and winter seasons are tough for pet owners. We want our pets to play outdoors in the fenced-in yard; however, we know that with the cold weather and snow comes health concerns for dogs. Usually, dogs need at least 30 minutes of daily exercise to stay fit, lean and healthy; however, the rules change when the snow fall down. Here are health risks for dogs that spend too much time outside.
Frost bite is a major concern for dogs during the cooler months of the year. Pet owners are advised to wipe down dog foot pads with a dry towel after outdoor time to avoid cracked paws and discomfort.
What's more of a concern for pets is hypothermia. Most dogs can handle staying outdoors for some time as long as temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to wrap dogs in a dry blanket or towel after they come back inside or warm them up by the fireplace.
Dangerous cold weather can have damaging effects on dogs. Keep close watch of dogs behavior during these cool season months and consult a veterinarian if necessary.
Use Humane Pet Fences
There are many types of pet fence on the market; and some are better than others. Of course, the type of fence to use for pets depends upon budget, needs and longevity of use.
Wooden fences, or privacy fences, are great for homeowners that want a fence for security. However, a wood fence is not ideal for a dog fence. Wood fences splinter off and can hurt the dog.
Chain Link Fences are a common fence for dogs because of their affordability. If aesthetics is not a concern, then a chain fence may work. However, for chewing dogs, chain-link fences may hurt dog teeth. Chain fences also corrode over time making the fence and property look outdated.
Barbed Wire Fence have jagged ridges on the sides to discourage intruders; however, dogs will get hurt. Barbed Fences are the least humane pet fence and should not be considered for dog protection.
When looking at fences, consider a plastic dog fence. Poly dog fence is ideal for small, calm dogs that won't chew on the fence. The plastic will protect their bodies, if they do bounce on the fence.
Metal dog fences with PVC-coating are best for large dogs with high energy. Unlike chain link fences that suffer from sun damage, the PVC-coating will protect the fence from weather wear-and-tear. The PVC-coating also protects the fence from dogs chewing on the fence. Welded Wire Fences for dogs are nice looking fences in the backyard and can enhance the look of the house!
When choosing a fence for dogs, consider factors such as dog safety and fence protection. "Is the fence I am buying a humane dog fence?"
Dog Killed By Coyote
Wolcott, CT: A Chihuahua-Jack Russell terrier mix was dragged into the woods by a coyote where he died. Although coyotes may seem seem like friends of dogs, we often forget that they are wild animals that are carnivores in the hunt for their next meal.
This type of story appears in the news more often than not; and news outlets are quick to offer condolences, but not a solution to save dogs from coyotes.
Homeowners should install dog fence in the backyard for dog protection and coyote management on properties. Installing a 5 1/2' foot tall fence is best for coyote control. With a wildlife barrier in the yard, coyotes, wolves, and other types of predatory animals will have a hard time getting to pets. Having a fence for dogs also protects the dog from escaping and running into trouble - such as an encounter with a coyote.
It's time that we care a bit more for our furry friends and invest in a fence that may act as a security system for dogs.
2018 Commit To Pets
Perhaps your significant other surprised you with a dog this holiday; or maybe you have a dog and are hoping to surprise them with a big gift this year. Whatever your reason is, make one commitment to your pet moving into the new year: a pet fence. Dogs and cats need open space to play, learn and grow; and with pet fencing, dogs and cats will be able to do just that. It's time to make pet fencing a priority for 2018. Pet Owners: This is your New Years Resolution to your pet.
Dogs and cats both need outdoor time to play with other animals. Although dog parks are a great way to make new furry friends, it's just not as convenient as having a dog fence or cat fence in the backyard. The outdoor pet enclosures are secure; so, you can feel good leaving your animal outside without fear of them being lost or stolen - unlike at a dog park.
Speaking of security, pet fences also keep out strangers and act as a home security system. Most intruders will not attempt a home robbery if they know a dog is on the premises. Showing off a dog fence will scare home intruders away from your property.
A fence for dogs and cats also keeps out wildlife that may try to harm the domestic animal. Deer, for one, carry tick-borne illnesses that can spread from the white-tail to the pet and put them at risk of Lyme Disease and other tick diseases. Additionally, fences keep out birds, stay cats and homeless dogs that may try to get 'rough' with your pet.
A plastic dog fence is safer to build in the backyard than barbed wire fence or chain-link fence. As the weather breaks down the fences, dogs may be poked with barbed wire or corroding fences. PVC-coated steel dog fence or plastic fencing for dogs eliminates this concern.
2018 is around the corner; and it's time to make your pet a top priority. Commit to your pets in the new year by building pet enclosures in the backyard.
Keep Deer From Pets
Many times, we see home videos of deer encounters with pets; and they aren't at all what we expect to see. While we expect to see animal vs animal action, we tend to find that deer and other wild animals are comforting and sweet to pets. Although this looks cute on camera, the truth is that we should not encourage our domestic animals to socialize with these type of wildlife.
Deer, for one, carry tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. While a kiss from a deer may seem harmless, the white-tailed deer can spread ticks to pets, humans and even livestock animals. It's best to keep pets away from deer.
Deer also spread Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal neurological disease. Although CWD does not affect humans, it can spread from animal to animal. We hear more about deer and elk receiving Chronic Wasting Disease; but it's better safe than sorry to keep dogs and cats away from deer.
For homeowners who plan to let pets out in the backyard, it's best to have a fence enclosure that is between 7.5' to 8' high. Deer can jump over 7' feet high; but they won't attempt the jump unless they are being chased by a predatory animal such as a coyote or a member of the wolf pack. Keep this height deer fence in-mind when shopping for a fence for dogs.