Resolve to Improve Your Pet's Life This Year!
In January, we always spend time resolving to improve our lives and our actions in the coming year, but don't stop there! Resolve to do the following things for your pets and you're sure to have happier, healthier pets this year!
- Resolve to brush, groom and bathe your pet regularly and to check your pet's nails, ears and teeth weekly.
- Help your pets stay healthy and lose weight by taking them on more walks, throwing the ball more often or providing them with active toys and games!
- Make sure that you don't miss your yearly vet check up!
- Did you know that the majority of pets in the U.S. are overweight? Read the label on your pet's food to ensure you're feeding the the correct amount! Remember -- you should feed them for the weight they should be, not the weight they are.
- Try something new with your pet! Whether it's a new training class, dog sport, hiking trail, game, or type of toy, enrich your pet's life this year by adding in some variety!
- And last, but not least, resolve to love them unconditionally for another year!
If you have questions on how you can improve your pet's health, help them lose weight or address behavior concerns, make sure to talk to your vet!
Pet Owners Advised to Prepare for Dangerous Winter Temperatures
As winter temperatures dip into the teens across Texas, the Austin Humane Society is encouraging pet owners to take immediate precautions. Extreme cold temperatures present great danger to pets, particularly those left outside.
“When animals are faced with bitter cold winter temperatures, they can suffer without showing extreme symptoms,” says Dr. Katie Luke, Austin Humane Society Chief Veterinarian. “Please keep your pets inside tonight if you can. And be sure they have access to unfrozen water when outside.”
With temperatures forecasted to reach into the teens Tuesday morning, AHS is asking you to help spread these tips to keep animals safe and warm.
- Keep your pets inside. Texas pets are used to extreme summer temps, not winter freezes.
- Make sure outside pets have a warm place to sleep. Keep them off the cold ground and away from the wind. A cozy pet house, complete with a roof and four walls, is essential.
- Consider dressing your pet in a coat or sweater. Choose pet clothing that covers the neck, shoulders, back, belly and base of the tail. Pet booties work as well.
- Provide access to fresh water. Check bowls to make sure the water has not frozen over.
- Active pets need more food. Increase their supply of food. Calories help keep them warm.
- Beware of hidden cats. Outdoor cats will sleep under the hoods of cars to keep warm. Bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine. It will help give the cat a chance to escape.
- Exposed cold surfaces can freeze paws. When walking, try to stay on the grass.
- Thoroughly wipe down your pets. They can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws.
- Antifreeze is lethal to dogs and cats. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Baby, It's Cold Outside
It's freezing outside, which means it's far too cold for pets to be left outdoors! In fact, AHS recommends that all pets be brought indoors when temperatures hit 45 degrees. So what should you do if you see animals left outside in this weather? Report it: call 3-1-1 immediately and report the situation. You could save a life!
In Texas, it is consider animal cruelty to leave a pet outdoors in cold weather without proper shelter and food and water that is not frozen. Shelter is defined as an area that shields them from the elements on all sides, with room to stand up and turn around in comfortably, but is not so large that it cannot retain heat and must have warm bedding. For multiple pet households, each outdoor pet must have their own outdoor shelter.
Keep your eyes open and if you see something that makes you uncomfortable, please call 3-1-1 to report it. Together we can save lives and end animal abuse!