Useful tips to take care of your pet this winter

animal welfare provides helpful tips and free straw bedding to keep pets warm this winter. As temperatures drop, we bring out blankets and coats to keep warm. But we must also keep in mind that our pets also need proper care.

This is an important topic because during the summer we are very concerned about leaving our pets in hot cars and making sure they have enough water. But on the other hand, making sure they are warm in the winter is just as important. Animal Welfare is giving away ‘free straw’ to put in dog houses. That serves as insulation to put in doghouses. Retains animal heat and allows moisture to evaporate.

Places to pick up the free straw:

  • East side: 8920 Lomas Blvd.
  • West Side: 11800 Sunset Gardens
  • Bernalillo County Animal Care Center

More helpful tips for pet owners to keep their furry friends protected during the winter months:

  • Check your pet’s water bowl frequently to see if it’s frozen. Consider buying a heater. Glass and ceramic dishes will crack and break when the water freezes.
  • Companion animals that are kept primarily outdoors, especially in cold weather, may require more food than other animals. Provide additional food for animals that spend a lot of time outdoors.
  • Do not leave an animal in a closed car in the winter. A car becomes a refrigerator, and the temperature can be as lethal as in summer.
  • Keep antifreeze out of the reach of any animal or child. Both are attracted to its sweet taste, and ethylene glycol is highly poisonous.
  • Be careful if your animal has walked on salty or thawed surfaces. They will lick their paws and the substances are toxic. Rinse your paws in warm water.
  • Check your animal’s paws for any ice or snowballs that have formed between its pads. Rinse with warm water to remove.
  • Keep in mind that cats and wildlife left outside will seek the warmth and protection of a car engine. Hit the hood or honk the horn before starting the engine. Please do not leave a cat or dog outside in cold temperatures.

The consequence could cost him his life. For more helpful tips to keep your pets warm this winter, visit our website

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