Gulf News | Tips to protect your pet in harsh winters:

In winter we feel cold, but we can warm ourselves by wearing heavy clothes and using heaters and also by eating foods from which we can get the energy needed to warm our body, but what about pets inside the house and those homeless on the streets homeless You can imagine how hard it is and the harshness and cold of winter on them, which often affects their health, safety and life, so in this article I will give you some tips to protect them those from these harsh climatic conditions on them. .

It is necessary to keep your pet warm and safe in winter by:

1- Give your pet more warmth by providing coats or clothes specially designed for pets of different sizes and needs, which provide them with the necessary warmth, and there are some dogs that live outdoors and in conditions difficult, should be equipped with strong, heavy and water-resistant clothing.

2- It is not preferable to shave or cut the pet’s hair during the winter season, as this hair provides him with warmth and it is desirable for the hair to be combed constantly.

3- It is preferable to wash your pet indoors and dry the dog well, it is also preferable to reduce the number of times you wash your pet in winter to avoid colds and flu that can reach pneumonia.

4- Avoid over-feeding your pet so that it does not become obese and a balanced diet or a moderate diet should be provided that provides the necessary energy that the animal needs during the winter, but we may need to increase the amount of animal feed. living outside the home, like watch dogs.

5- Providing the necessary and suitable shelter for your pet, especially for those who live outside the house, such as dogs, where the shelter should be sufficiently isolated from the ground and be strong to withstand the force and intensity of the wind and there should not be any cracks or leaks that allow rainwater to enter the house and the design of the ceilings This shelter is in shape 8 so that rainwater does not collect in it and the shelter should be checked daily to make sure the place is completely dry.

6- In very cold weather, your pet, especially dogs, can take short and long enough tours to exercise with the necessary rest periods, or it is possible for your pet to practice the sport indoors, such as games, climbing. and down the stairs, wandering inside the house and playing with it.

7- Different types and breeds of pets and the difference in size and age makes them different in treating cold weather, for example: cats and dogs with long hair receive more heat than those with short hair, a another example is Husky and Alaska Dog Groups that tolerate cold more than others, and new animals do not They tolerate winter cold like older animals.

8- Make sure your pet gets the necessary vaccines that protect him from winter diseases like the flu and should be treated against external parasites and intestinal worms throughout the year.

9- Necessity of providing sufficient water, regardless of temperature.

10- It is preferable to visit the veterinarian to do the necessary periodic examinations to ensure the health of your pet. Your pet’s immunity should be strengthened by adding the necessary vitamins and nutritional supplements that contribute to increasing the body’s immune efficiency.

11- Avoid exposing your pet to direct and indirect cold currents to avoid respiratory infection, which can lead to pneumonia.

12- Do not try to change the diet of the pet you suddenly own, as this can cause unwanted digestive problems and intestinal infections, which in turn will cause a decrease in the body’s immunity and thus the body will become a easy prey for winter diseases. .

And those homeless animals on homeless roads should not be forgotten, as in winter and with the cold wave, homeless animals are sheltered in places where they seek warmth and from them inside cars where there is a heat source for it. save their lives, so we urge you to check your car before using it in order to guarantee the safety of these nice creatures.

You can also provide food and fresh water for them and try to transfer these homeless animals to the shelters that house them, especially in winter, or you can adopt these homeless animals (cat and dog) and take care of them yourself in your own home. after showing them to the veterinarian and examining them well and providing the necessary treatments and examinations to make sure they are safe.No disease before adoption.

Finally, the pet you own is a soul that must be preserved, its safety and health, as well as provided with the necessary shelter, food and protection and should not be thrown on the street, as it will not be able to adapt to life on the street and will either die of starvation or being caught under the wheels of cars, and this will also increase the problem of stray and homeless animals on the street and contribute to the aggravation of the problem.

Dr. Sherine Adel Al-Qazzaz

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