King, NC (Vocus) January 6, 2009
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but it's our job to keep our pets' environment delightful. Cold temperatures, snow and ice are enough to send us back inside for another layer of protection, but what about our beloved pets? They also need extra protection against winter's frigid conditions.
Pet Sitters International offers the following winter-proofing tips to help keep your pets healthy, happy and safe during the cold winter months:
- Keep pets inside as much as possible. Young pets, old pets and short-haired breeds are more vulnerable to cold weather and should not be left outside unsupervised.
- Dogs should never be left out during a snowstorm because they frequently lose their scent in snow and ice and easily become lost.
- If your pet has to be kept outside, provide adequate shelter. Add straw for additional insulation from the cold and furnish a snug, warm bed that does not sit directly on the ground.
- Supply your pet with extra food and water when outside for extended periods of time. Make sure to use plastic dishes, as glass or porcelain can crack when temperatures drop.
- Ice-melting chemicals and salt can irritate and burn the pads of your pet's paws. Thoroughly wipe off your pet's feet once it has returned inside.
- Clip the long hair on the bottom of your dog's feet to prevent buildup of ice balls that can be painful and difficult to remove.
- Trim nails regularly. It is difficult to maintain solid footing in icy conditions with long nails.
- Antifreeze is poisonous. Thoroughly clean up any spills and store household chemicals out of your pet's reach. Consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
- Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep. All pets, including small caged pets need to be kept warm and away from drafts.
- Drivers are advised to blow the car horn or bang on the hoods and sides of the car prior to driving to alert cats that may be taking advantage of the engine's warmth.
About Pet Sitters International
Established in 1994, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world's largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing more than 8,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and abroad. PSI provides members with access to affordable bonding and liability insurance and educational resources such as PSI's Accreditation Program, The Pet Sitter's WORLD magazine and PSI's annual Quest convention. PSI provides pet owners with The Pet Owner's WORLD magazine and thepetsitBlog.com. For more information, visit http://www.petsit.com, home of the Official Pet Sitter Locator™ or visit the PSIStoreOnline to select from more than 2,000 pet sitter and pet owner products.
Contact: Courtney Klein
Phone: (336) 983-9222 ext. 318
Contact: Terry Chance
Phone (336) 983-9222 ext. 314
Web site: http://www.petsit.com