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Keeping your pets cozy this Winter!
Winter, what a wonderful time of the year! We are able to cherish these moments with our families and our furry, fluffy, scaly, and feathered companions.
We also need to keep our little babies nice and cozy. Just how most of us like being bundled up near the fireplace, our pet family needs to be warm too.
Keep reading to find out major Winter concerns to keep your pets safe from and why/ how to keep your pets warm with special products from Brooklyn Pet Supply!
Importance Of Keeping Pets Warm
This may be a silly question to some, but why do we keep our pets warm? Well, the obvious answer is because we love them. Yes, but also because cold weather can pose a great threat to your pets well being if not taken care of.
Top Winter Concerns
Factors that affect a pets tolerance are age, coat, body fat, activity level and overall health. More in-depth factors for cold intolerant dogs are the very young and old, small, short haired and hairless, those with chronic diseases (including heart disease, Cushing's disease, arthritis, and kidney disease), and pets with special needs.
Hypothermia and Frostbite are the top 2 things you want to keep your pets away from. Hypothermia is an extreme lowering of the body temperature. It happens when pets suffer exposure to frigid temperatures for too long, or if they have wet fur in cold, windy environments. When the body temperature drops, heart rate and breathing slow down, which can lead to several problems. If this happens, immediately consult a vet.
Symptoms of frostbite in animals include the skin becoming very pale with a bluish-white hue due to a lack of blood flow. This is very painful and may lead to blisters or skin ulcers. As dog frostbite progresses, the area becomes blackened, which indicates death of the local tissue. If this happens, immediately consult a vet.
Although most dogs are covered with fur and some tolerate the cold more naturally, each should be considered individually. Here at Brooklyn Pet Supply, we have the best winter products to keep your canines comfy!
Follow these tips to keep your pup warm in winter:
-Ensure that the bedding is warm and well placed.
-Provide heating on cold nights.
-Clean and change bedding regularly.
-Use canine clothing options for particular dogs and situations.
-Use booties to protect your dog's paws when walking on snow and salt.
Your pup can be fashionably warm with our Fleece sweaters and scarves, puffer jackets, and a yellow rain coat to match you!
Keep your pup's little paws comfy and safe either with socks, rubber boots, and durable boots! We have an alternative to melting ice with salt (which is very toxic to dogs) is our Paw Thaw Ice Melter and try out our paw protectors made with 100% natural waxes, which you can use too!
Who doesn't like the warmest of warmest comfy beds? From flat to round, we have it all!
Since we've discussed how to keep your dogs warm externally, let's talk about internally. Our Nulo broths will keep your pup happy, healthy, and warm. Just warm up the broth and serve!
Cats' fur doesn't protect them from extremely cold temperatures. When their fur gets wet from walking through snow or being outdoors in the cold autumn rain, they actually become more susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite because their fur chills them instead of keeping them warm.
Check out our tips to keep your cat warm:
-Provide a comfy home.
-Insulate cat home with straw—not hay.
-Use a heated bowl for cats' water and wet food.
-Build a feeding station.
-Provide food and water daily.
-Prepare for major snowstorms.
-Clear snow from the entrances of cats' home after snowstorms so they don't get snowed in.
Check out our cat tunnels that'll keep your cat entertained and snug!
Cats are curious creatures and like to roam around outside chasing leaves and butterflies, but cold weather may make it difficult for that. So how do you keep your cat entertained for hours? Well, try out our Jackson Galaxy Motion Activated Butterflies, LED Motion Activated Cat ball, and Senses Elevated Speed Circuit!
Same as dogs, cats like to be warm on the inside as well! Just pour some hot broth on a meal and serve!
A bird's body heat warms the air between its feathers. So birds fluff up in the cold to trap as much air in their feathers as possible. The more trapped air, the warmer the bird. One way birds keep their legs and feet warm is to stand on one leg, while the other is tucked up warmly in its feathers.
Here are some tips to keep your birdies toasty:
-Move the cage away from doors and windows.
-Consider covering the cage at night with a light cloth.
-Try temporary Insulation.
-Use caution when heating.
-Monitor closely for signs of exposure to cold such as lethargy.
-Provide warm bath every few days.
Though there are very limited products for keeping your birds warm, these snuggle huts are perfect! It may take time for your bird (such as a Quaker parrot) to get used to this. But don't use force since it may traumatize them. Instead, have the hut near their cage and even put in treats once in a while!
For all reptiles, providing appropriate temperatures is extremely important. Being ectothermic ("cold-blooded" - although they need warm temperatures) they rely on external temperatures to regulate their body temperature.
Brumation is a term used for the hibernation-like state that cold-blooded animals utilize during very cold weather. On the other end of the spectrum is a state known as aestivation, which like brumation, provides a way for reptiles to handle temperature extremes.
Follow our tips to keep your reptilians cozy:
-Keep your lighting and temperatures consistent to avoid brumation
-Keep a check on temperatures. Even if you keep your home is at a toasty temperature it is still important to keep a close eye on terrarium temperatures.
-Stick heat pads on bottom of Terrarium so it doesn't harm or overheat your reptile
-Also make sure heat pads are always plugged in.
-Provide heat bulbs for diurnal reptiles such as Bearded Dragons, Chameleons, Turtles, Snakes, Skinks, ECT.
-Provide ceramic heaters for nocturnal reptiles such as Geckos, and if your house temperature drastically drops.
-Do not use heat rocks as most Reptiles realize that they're burning up when it's too late.
-Place Terrarium In a warm Spot. Your home can be a drafty place sometimes during those windy winter storms.
-Adjust light cycles.
-Install Terrarium hood clips so your replies won't escape and hide somewhere cold or even too hot!
-Provide warm baths once a week.
Speaking from experience, when my bearded dragon was a baby, I would tuck him in every night with a blanket on top of a cozy bed. After my Quaker parrot rejected the snuggle hut I bought her, I gave it to my beardie and he loved it! So Get creative and use products for other animals to keep your reptiles warm! I even bought a tiny doggy sweater for him to wear to vet check ups and carried him in a doggy carrier!!
Try these Terrarium beddings to make it comfier for your reptiles!
It's very important to know what the humidity level is in your Reptiles' terrariums because you don't want them to be cold or overheated.
Reptiles, such as Chameleons and Skinks need humidity and spraying their tanks just doesn't keep it Misty enough. Check out our reptile Fogger!
Basking bulbs and uvb lights are crucial to your Reptile's health since they are cold-blooded. Try out our bulbs from ceramic heaters and different wattage bulbs!
Arboreal Reptiles such as Chameleons, Crested Geckos, Giant Day Geckos, Tokay Geckos, etc. like high places and a sense of security with some leaves! You'll have a sense of security too, know that your reptile is safe and can't climb out after using our screen clips!
CUDDLY SMALL ANIMALS
Just like humans, if your hamster gets too cold their immune system becomes suppressed. This makes them more prone to viral or bacterial infections, and if you have a very young or elderly hamster you could be putting them at risk of getting hypothermia.
Check out our tips to keep your fluffy babies warm:
-Provide extra bedding. Most hamsters like to make a nest out of bedding, pulling it up around them in order to keep snug.
Just like birds, small animals have a limited section of products when it comes to keeping them warm. But what we do have is our comfy Bungalows and bedding!
Goldfish are cold water fish who live in cool lakes, streams and rivers. However, the fact that they are cold water fish does not mean that they should be kept in frigid temperatures. When water is too cold, goldfish may stop eating, begin hibernating or die.
Use our tips to keep your fish nice and cozy:
-Install a heater in the tank. You must provide warm water to maintain the health of your Betta fish.
-Add a thermometer to the tank. The easiest way to keep an eye on the temperature in your aquarium is to install a thermometer.
-Place the tank in a warm location away from the window.
Even though like birds and small animals, fish don't have many products to help them them warm. But just by following our tips and installing a heater will be more than enough for a warm fishy.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!