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CanadaTips to keep your pets safe from frostbite, boredom during cold snap

06:30  11 february  2019
06:30  11 february  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Keep your pet away from frozen ponds, lakes or other bodies of water that may not be able to support his weight – if they fall through, hypothermia can set in With frigid winds blowing through the Midwest, many families are left wondering how they can protect pets , animals and strays during this cold snap .

Keep your pets inside, especially overnight, when temperatures plummet, otherwise they run the risk of getting frostbite or hypothermia. 4. Don’t let your pet fall victim to antifreeze. Antifreeze poisoning is a major hazard during cold snaps , especially if it leaks from a car’s radiator or spills on the ground

Tips to keep your pets safe from frostbite, boredom during cold snap © Scott Neufeld/CBC Winnie the Pooch races through the snow during a game of fetch in Rundle Park on Sunday.

The coldest days of winter have plagued Albertans since the start of February, leaving plenty of people and their pets stuck inside.

Wool socks and a thick jacket can help humans brave the frigid temperatures but pets need to be protected, too.

Kären Marsden, a vet at the Edmonton Holistic Veterinary Clinic, said frostbite is a serious concern for cats and dogs. Their ears, nose, and paws are the most vulnerable areas, she said.

"You have to take a good look in the house at what colour your dog's ears and paws are," said Marsden, who noted dogs often lift their paws if they're feeling pain. "If they are changing to kind of a light, purply colour, that's a warning sign for frostbite."

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Keep your pets inside with you and your family. Under no circumstances should pet cats be left outdoors, even if No matter what the temperature is, windchill can threaten a pet 's life. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps .

Keep your pets inside with you and your family. Under no circumstances should pet cats be left outdoors, even if No matter what the temperature is, windchill can threaten a pet 's life. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps .

Warm water or a heating pad can be applied to the affected areas. It's a good sign if the tissue turns pink, Marsden said, but a dark purple colour indicates it has been damaged and a trip to the vet is needed.

Tips to keep your pets safe from frostbite, boredom during cold snap © Scott Neufeld/CBC Scott Neufeld/CBC

Like humans, pets can dress for the weather to prevent frostbite. Dogs should wear a coat and boots when temperatures dip below –20 C, and shouldn't be outside for long periods of time, Marsden said.

"It's really cold out and it's not in their best interest to have that big walk," she said. "It's not worth it to take them out too long. Just a short period of time."

Despite the deep freeze, dogs still have to be taken outside regularly, Marsden said.

Bilinda Taras Krupa, an applied dog behaviour consultant and trainer with K9 Misfits, recommends putting shavings or pee pads down in the yard, so pets' feet don't freeze during bathroom breaks.

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Keep pets inside. Just like people, the cold can be very harmful to pets . They can develop frostbite and hypothermia too. If possible, keep them inside during the bitter cold months. If your pets have to go outside, make sure they have easy access to get back in the house or a garage to keep warm.

The ASPCA has released tips for keeping your pets safe during the winter months. 1. Keep your home humidified and dry your pet with a towel as soon 2. Fully bathe your pets as little as possible during cold weather. Too many baths can get rid of essential oils. If you must give your pet a bath

"Go outside with them, give them treats," she said. "It's very helpful."

Fighting boredom

Leaving dogs inside all day with nothing to do can lead to behaviour issues, said Taras Krupa.

"What happens is with multiple-dog homes, is you get dogs fighting more and then aggression issues [develop] because they're not used to their normal routine," she said.

But she said that can be avoided by keeping pets mentally stimulated. For dogs, that means training.

Tips to keep your pets safe from frostbite, boredom during cold snap © Scott Neufeld/CBC Scott Neufeld/CBC

"You can exhaust your dog in 10 to 15 minutes depending on the breed of dog — some dogs even less time — by doing some simple, basic exercises and making it really fun," Taras Krupa said.

Practising commands like 'sit, stay and come' can keep a dog entertained and help burn energy, she said. Hiding treats in toys can also keep pets entertained, she added.

For outdoor cats, Marsden recommended putting more catnip around the house.

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Freezing dog rescued from Regina bus shelter "I knew with the extreme temperatures that a matter of minutes could make a difference between him losing the tips of his ears or his paws." The dog initially growled at the officer, but relented after Szabo, an animal lover and owner of a chocolate Labrador named Willow, tucked a warm jacket around him. "He was just as scared as he was cold," Szabo said. "If I got cold, I could always grab another jacket. This poor dog didn't have that chance." After about ten minutes, the Humane Society arrived to give the dog a check up and begin the search for his owners.

During severe cold weather, pets can be at risk for frostbite and hypothermia.[3]. Noses, ears, and paws can suffer the most damage during cold weather. Consider finding ways to cover these areas during cold snaps , or modify outdoor activities during harsh, severe conditions.

Here are six tips from a handful of pet experts on what you need to do to keep your dog, cat or other pet safe during extreme cold weather. But freezing temperatures can be just as deadly. So leave the pets at home until this cold snap breaks. When not covering pets or money-saving topics for

Snow dogs

Taras Krupa noted behaviour in the cold weather varies from dog to dog.

Jillian Heiberg's dog, Winnie the Pooch, is one pup that loves the snow. Winnie is a Blue Heeler-Great Pyrenees mix, and has a thick undercoat, Heiberg said.

The pair played fetch with a Frisbee Sunday afternoon in Rundle Park.

Tips to keep your pets safe from frostbite, boredom during cold snap © Scott Neufeld/CBC Scott Neufeld/CBC

"In the winter, she just loves it," Heiberg said. "She dives into the snow."

Heiberg said Winnie's body language can indicate if she gets too cold.

"Once in a while, she'll lift up a paw, so I just warm it up a little bit and she's good to go for another half an hour."

Extreme cold warning returns to Edmonton and many parts of Alberta.
If you are planning to enjoy Family Day outside on Monday, bundle up as an extreme cold warning returned to Edmonton and many parts of Alberta.

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