Now that the weather has cooled down, it may be tempting to leave pets outside in the fenced in yard a bit longer to give them a chance to run and play. While both dogs and cats need exercise, and a chance to explore the great outdoors, pet owners need to be cautious about leaving pets outside for too long. Here are cold weather tips for domestic pets, courtesy of EasyPetFence.com:
- 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.
Additionally, cats should not be left inside garages where there could be spots of oil. This is a health concern that can quickly turn fatal. As a general rule, cats should not be left outdoors for long if temperatures are below 45 degrees F. Cats that stay out too long can risk hypothermia, frostbite and death.