• Winterize pets for safety and warmth
By Linda Green


You’ve prepared you car and your home for the winter but have you prepared your pets?
TripsWithPets.com has released a variety of tips pet owners and animal lovers could use to winterize pets and keep them warm and safe during the cold months.
Recognized by Consumer Reports as online resource for pet travel, Trips advises that there are numerous indoor and outdoor things that are dangerous for pets in the winter.
As individuals use their fireplaces and other heat sources to stay warm when the temperatures dip, pet owners should be mindful of safety for pets. Animals are drawn to space heaters, fireplaces and lamps for the warmth. In the way that children are protected from the open flames of fireplaces, pets should be protected as well by using safety screens or glass.
“Stray hairs can ignite quickly, so keep all fluffy tails from exposure to heat lamps and space heaters,” warns TripsWithPets.com.
The guide also urges pet owners to monitor their pets for coldness when outside. Overexposure to the cold weather may lead to hypothermia, which could cause death, notes the tips Pets outside in the cold should be watched for lethargy, weakness, muscle stiffness, difficulty breathing, and fixed and dilated pupils. Pets should never be left unattended in a freezing cold car.
According to the tips, cats that roam outside will seek out the engine of automobile for warmth, especially one that was recently turned-off. Cat owners should bang on the hood of the car before starting the vehicle to prevent injury to the animal.
There are times in the CSRA when the temperatures dip enough to form ice on steps and driveways. People often use ice-melts like rock salt to treat ice-covered areas.
According to TripsWithPets.com, such ice melting methods are dangerous to pets.
“These products can cause everything from gastrointestinal tract irritation to depression, weakness, seizures and cardiac problems,” said the tip provider. “Keep in mind that even if your pet never ingests ice melt products, walking on treated areas can dry out and irritate your pet's paws. Dry paws can lead to cracking and discomfort, and creates the possibility of infection.”
For more tips on pet safety and pet travel, visit TripsWithPets.com.





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