Helping pets to have a safe winter

Have you ever wondered about what to do when your dog gets frostbite or becomes hypothermic? Did you even know it was possible? What steps should you take to minimize harm to your pets? The answers are here in my newly updated eBook, The New Dog Owner’s Pocket Guide to Winter Pet Care: Simple Hacks to Keep Your Dogs Safe from Cold Weather Injuries.

I designed this eBook with the novice pet owner in mind. Pet care can be a daunting task because it is multifaceted. I demystify one aspect of pet care with simple, easy-to-use hacks to keep pets safe during the winter season.

Here’s a free sample:


Introduction

Winter often presents a danger to pet dogs and cats. First, cold weather could produce cold weather injuries such as hypothermia or frostbite. Second, chemicals, such as deicers and antifreeze, may poison cats and dogs that ingest them. Finally, holiday plants, such as mistletoe and holly berries, could also poison animals that eat them. Pet owners must equip themselves with the knowledge to deal with each of these scenarios in case they occur. This primer is a beginner’s guide to winter pet care and pet safety.

Chapter 1

5 Quick Start Winter Weather Tips

These five Quick Start Tips will help you prepare your pets for winter weather. These tips are straightforward and easy to implement.

TIP #1 – MAKE A “DUG OUT”

Some dogs are particular about where they go potty. Dogs that dislike snow will often change their potty habits if snow covers the yard. Instead of using the yard, dogs might use the area immediately outside your door, such as a patio or deck. To make life better for you and your dog, select an area of your yard and dig out a small grassy area to encourage your dog to eliminate in a more appropriate place.

TIP #2 – BRING PETS INSIDE

Some dogs and cats primarily live outdoors. If that is true for your pets, remember to bring them inside this winter. Even with fur, dogs and cats are susceptible to winter weather injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia. If you cannot bring them inside for legitimate reasons, prepare a shelter for them in your garage. Keep the door partially open to allow them to enter and exit freely. Your pets will appreciate a safe place to warm up away from the bitter cold.

If you plan to keep your pets in the garage, make sure your vehicles have not leaked any antifreeze. Antifreeze is ethylene glycol, a sweet smelling and tasting liquid that attracts animals. It is also poisonous to pets in small doses.


For three more Quick Start Tips and information about first aid for frostbite and hypothermia and what to do when you suspect poisoning, buy a copy of my eBook, The New Dog Owner’s Pocket Guide to Winter Pet Care, $1.99 on Amazon.

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