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Preparing for cold weather

Tips to making a cozy environment for your pet Staff Writer

Everyone needs a bit of help to feel comfortable when the weather turns chilly. Here are some tips to generate or save heat:

Raise beds off the floor and build a tent to trap warm air
Warm air rises and cold air falls so raise your pet's bed a few inches off the floor by placing bricks or stepping stones underneath it.  If you're using just a cushion, fold a blanket and place it underneath to lift it up off the cold floor.  If the room is especially cold, consider an insulated teepee style bed for smaller dogs and cats or place the bed underneath a desk or shelf.  You can even drape a blanket overhead to help preserve body heat.

Look at your local pet store for disks that can be microwaved and placed inside or under the bed.  They slowly release their warmth over a 12 hour period and, unlike hot water bottles, do not become ice cold. 

Move out of the draft and into the warmth
Drafts come from doors and windows so move beds, litterboxes, food bowls out of the line of cold air.  The reverse also works, beds can be moved near heat registers especially for warmth loving cats.

Outside, place houses and shelters away from the wind with the opening set up as close as possible to a wall while still allowing for exit and entry.  Place sufficient loose or stuffed bedding inside to create a "nest".  If there is snow, sleet or rain, the bedding will become damp and will need to be changed daily for fresh bedding.  Water and food bowls will need to be refilled or heated if there is possibility of a freeze. 

Clothing options
Older or ailing pets, those with thin coats not bred for the cold and very young pets may actually need clothing to keep them healthy.  You can buy, make or alter human clothing in the form of sweaters, neck mufflers, boots, socks and coats.  Wool, fleece, quilted fabrics and heavy knits used for sweats are warmest with cotton and acrylic somewhat less insulating.  For dogs, a simple muffler around the neck works with the temperature regulating mechanism in the neck to maintain body heat. 

Extra calories
In temperate climates, pets can generally eat the same number of calories during the winter as during the summer.  They are often out less during the winter and that may make up for the additional calories required to maintain bodyweight. 

In colder climates, however, active pets may require 50-100% more calories depending on their living conditions.  For overweight pets, the winter is a good time to slim down.  They can have the same meals as before but will use up extra calories just staying warm. 

Safety in the cold
Here some basic safety tips that apply to the winter months:

- If you walk on roads treated with salt, rinse your pet's feet when they come inside.  That will prevent them from licking the salt off and ingesting it and will also prevent drying, cracking and irritation.  Rubbing in a small amount of petroleum jelly into the clean pads can soothe them.  Consider waterproof booties if your dog is out frequently

- Get a carbon monoxide monitor especially if your pet is housed in your garage for any amount of time.  This is a good safety tip for the entire house.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is the result of incomplete combustion from furnaces, car exhausts, charcoal fires, etc.  It attaches to the hemoglobin in your blood, replacing oxygen, and can cause brain damage, cardiac arrest and can even be fatal.  A monitor can alert you to excess levels quickly so that the source can be found. 

Sources of heat such as open fires, burning candles, camping stoves and space heaters can be dangerous around pets and should never be used in enclosed areas unless specifically made for that purpose. 

- Look out for antifreeze.  Every year dogs, cats and children are poisoned by antifreeze left on the garage floor or dripping on driveways and streets. 

If your pet is in the garage, use a wire or plastic pen or crate to prevent him from getting into the antifreeze, fertilizer, snailbait, pesticide, paints, solvents and cleaners that are stored in the garage.  Also consider building tall shelving or installing a closed cabinet to store dangerous chemicals. 

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