If you live in a cold area and have pets or farm animals that roam around in your backyard, you should take some special steps to keep them healthy throughout the winter.

So, what should you do to help your furry friends when the temperature drops in the winter season?  Here we have 5 tips for protecting your pets or farm animals and keeping them healthy this winter.

1. Cover your Pets:

dog coatAlthough most pets may have thick fur and are well-equipped for the winter naturally, some of your pets or outdoor animals may not be so adapted to cold weather, and may need some extra care.

Your dog or cat may need an extra sweater to stay warm when you go out for a walk in the winter. Also, make sure you provide shelter and protect all your outdoor animals like horses, dogs, sheep or any other animals with coats. Cover them from neck down to the base of the tail and also cover their belly, and make sure that they don’t get frostbite by staying too long outside because their feet, ears and tail are still exposed to the freezing cold.

2. Go Outside when the Weather is Favorable:

Avoid going out with your pets when the weather is below freezing. Try not to walk your pets too early in the morning or late at night. Choose a time during the day when the there is plenty of sunshine outside and the temperature is warmer.

3. Keep Your Pets Indoors:

If you have companion pets like cats and dogs, you should try to keep them indoors as much as you can during the cold winter. Take them for a walk when you go outside and bring them back in when you come indoors. Don’t leave your pets outside unattended.


4. Provide Extra Bedding:

When the weather gets really cold, it may not be enough for your animals to have a shelter and coat. They may also need a cozy bed to sleep in at night, instead of sleeping on cold floors. If you have farm animals sleeping in barns, prepare cozy beds for them. Provide blankets and cozy beds for your indoor pets as well.

5. Keep your Animals Hydrated:

catYour pets need water in the winter and can get dehydrated. When your pets get thirsty, they might try to eat snow, but that is not healthy. Eating snow is not a safe substitute for water, and may bring their body temperature down. Make sure all your animals have access to water at all times. Make sure that the water is not frozen, if you have outdoor water containers.


Harsh winter weather can bring health concerns for your pet or farm animals. Make sure you take extra care of them during the winter. Try to detect any health issues ahead of time and take extra precautions so that they are less stressed and stay healthy throughout the winter.

P.S: So much of your animal’s health is dependent on a strong immune system. In addition to a healthy diet and special care, your animals may need a natural supplement to fight the winter stress and boost their immune system. Learn more about BioEqualizer.

Source: Alternative Health Concepts    


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