Winter is a challenging time for pets. They want to be outside; but they can't stay out terribly long due to inclement weather. Snow getting on dog paws, causing painful foot pads, is the least of their concerns. For pets, they can get frost bite and suffer from hypothermia during winter months. Ticks are still active during this time leading to worries of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. And, did we mention wildlife?
Yes, wildlife are a major concern in the winter. Deer, rabbits, bears and coyotes are just some of the wild animals that will be spotted on lawns and gardens in search of food. Bears and coyotes are two of the most predatory animals that will not turn down meat from small dogs and cats, if they feel hungry enough.
To protect pets from harsh weather elements, and wildlife, pet owners will need to keep an eye on pets that are fenced-in and will need to bring them inside 15 minutes earlier than in warmer months. Once inside, pet owners will need to wipe the snow off their bodies with a dry towel; get them plenty of fresh drinking water; and make sure they are comfortable inside and not showing signs of hypothermia.