Dry environments, typically caused by additional home heating in the winter, can cause unpleasant static shocks for your pet. While it might be amusing for sticking balloons to the wall, it can be painful for our furry friends.
Today I found some ways to make the indoors more pleasant (shock free!) for your pets.
The key is to increase the moisture in pet fur or the atmosphere. This can be accomplished in several ways including:
- Humidifying your house
- Using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner at bath time
- Choose metal or ionic brushes which are less likely to build up static
- Lightly mist your hands or your pets coat prior to petting
- Supplement their diet with Omega 3 which helps to improve their coast from within
- Surround your pet with natural fibres (beds and blankets)
Following these steps can help avoid those frizzy fir days, and unexpected nose zaps.
Check out this article from Mother Nature Network for additional details and links.
With snow coming to most states across the country its time to take precautions to keep your fuzzy family members safe:
From the Humane Society of the United States, remember these tips:
1) Keep Pets Indoors and Warm
Leaving pets outside and unattended increases their exposure to quickly changing temperatures, and exposed noses and paws, and lungs can quickly freeze.
2) If your dog does stay outside, provide protection
Provide shelter with a raised floor, covered with straw or a bed, and ensure the opening faces away from the wind.
3) Dietary Needs Change
When pets are outside their metabolism runs faster. They may need more food and more water as their body works harder to stay warm. Plus, Dexter likes to run endlessly in the snow. In the summer he just walks around the yard.
4) Protect pads and paws
Use dog boots or thoroughly wipe paws after coming indoors to prevent salt ingestion and dried-out pads.
5) Avoid Antifreeze
Watch out for vehicle leaks in the garage and driveway. With more antifreeze used, make sure leaks are plugged, jugs are sealed, and drips are cleaned immediately.
6) Keep your Pet With you!
Not only are pets safer when they are with their family, they are also safer!
Read the full list at the Humane Society website and make this a safe year for your pets!