When you live in a rural area like ours, protecting pets and livestock isn’t just an option—it’s a necessity. As we plow our way through the rest of the season, here are some helpful tips to make sure your animal companions stay healthy and safe.
- This time of year, mountain lions and other predators are forced out of their normal hunting areas to find prey. Make sure you keep your pets close, on a leash or inside and don’t allow unsupervised roaming. Pet food left outside and unsecured garbage attract predators as well.
- Beware antifreeze and de-icers. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Most de-icers are full of chemicals that are dangerous to pets.
- Dog booties are a great option for protecting a pet’s paws when outdoors. If your pet goes outside infrequently, make sure their feet and toes are wiped and dried off to remove ice, salt, and chemicals. CHPH also carries a locally-made product called Paw Protector that is a moisture-rich balm for not only pads, but noses, too!
- Unless we get a truly arctic blast, your chickens should be fine as they get winter plumage, and heat lamps in coops start fires. And don’t let your guard down when it comes to predator-proofing your poultry in winter: secure them in sturdy sheds or barns at night and use hardware cloth as protective fencing.
- Having a warm-up plan for your birds and exotic pets is “snow joke”! Heavy precipitation causes power outages that can be deadly for birds, reptiles and other heat-loving pets. Make sure you have a plan so your animals on heat lamps stay cozy.
Have questions or need some help with winter & wildlife safety for your pet? Give us a call at 303-838-4677.