As the temperature drops, it is important to take care of our pets and the wildlife around us. They need food, water, and shelter to survive the cold weather. Here are some tips to help them:
- Provide a warm and dry place for your pets to sleep, such as a cozy bed or a heated mat. Avoid leaving them outside for long periods, especially if they have short fur or are not used to the cold.
- Check your pets’ paws for signs of frostbite, such as redness, swelling, or blisters. You can also apply petroleum jelly or paw wax to protect their pads from ice and salt.
- Make sure your pets have access to fresh water that is not frozen. You can use a heated bowl or change the water frequently. Avoid using metal bowls, as they can stick to your pets’ tongues.
- Provide extra food for your pets, as they burn more calories to keep warm. Choose high-quality and nutritious food that suits their age and health condition.
- Do not leave your pets in a parked car, as it can quickly become a freezer or an oven depending on the weather. Always take them with you or leave them at home.
- Help the wildlife by leaving some food and water in your garden or balcony. You can offer seeds, nuts, fruits, and suet. You can also create a simple shelter with a cardboard box, straw, or blankets for hedgehogs, rabbits, or other small animals.