Helping pets to have a safe winter

Recently, I began broadcasting live on Facebook once a week to share pet care tips via my Facebook page. For my next show, I plan to talk about keeping pets safe during the winter.My plan included repurposing content from my blog to use in the program. As I

My plan included repurposing content from my blog to use in the program. As I searched for winter-related content, I soon discovered I had lots of content that would result in a longer Facebook Live episode. My objective is to keep the live videos under five minutes because I know people have other interests besides watching a talking head video of me explaining pet care.

I decided on a different approach. After curating my own content, I compiled an eBook called Winter Pet Care Primer, 1st Edition. I had never published an eBook before and thought this was an opportune time. The book is more than merely a sample of my blog posts stitched together. While it does include my blog content, some of the material has been polished and updated. The eBook is intended as a pocket guide to help novice pet owners.

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 Winter Pet Care Primer, 1st Edition.

Now, the book is not at all comprehensive. In fact, since publishing it, I’ve come across new information that I plan to include when I update the book for the second edition. By all means, let me know what you think. I want to produce great content to help pet owners improve the quality of life of their fur babies. How would you suggest I make improvements to this eBook? Let me know in the comments. If you believe the book is a total disaster, please, contact me before leaving an ugly review. Give me a chance to make it right first.

If you love it, let others know by leaving a review.

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, Winter Pet Care Primer, 1st Edition, $2.99 on Amazon.

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