Winter is coming to a close, and your pets are itching for a cure for their cabin fever! As you celebrate the arrival of spring with your best pals by playing catch, taking long walks, and exploring the great, wide backyard world, make sure you keep your peace of mind with these tips.
Inspect Your Fence
If you live in an area where it snows, one of the first things you should do before letting your pets outdoors this spring is to inspect your fence for any damage. Wood fences can rot or soften after being pummeled with snow all winter, and your pet could escape through the weak spots. Even vinyl fences are vulnerable to damage, as they could sag or crack under the weight of a white winter. Make sure you replace any damaged panels before letting your pet run freely. Even if you live in an area where it doesn’t snow, you should be making rounds regularly to make sure your cats and dogs stay safe at home.
Protect Those Precious Paws
Getting out there on those long walks can be relaxing for you and your pets, but remember that their paws need a little love. If you’re in an area where the weather is still a bit chilly, make sure you cover your pet’s paws in booties, or with a layer of petroleum jelly, to protect from irritation, cracks, or scratches. If it’s already warm where you live, remember that if the ground is too hot for you, it’s too hot for them. Use booties when walking on hot gravel or sand to protect against burns.
Use Collars and Microchips
One of the most important tips when taking your pet outside is to make sure they have some form of identifier, such as a collar or microchip. Collars are a quick and easy way for someone to get in touch with you should they find your pet, while microchips are a permanent identifier in case your pet should lose its collar. Getting a microchip only takes a few seconds, and to your pet, it should feel no different than getting a vaccine. It’s also important to keep your contact information up to date on both forms of identification. Hopefully you’ll never need to worry about it, but should your pet ever stray too far from home, it could make all the difference.
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Petfinder. “Pet Microchip FAQs.” Accessed November 27, 2017.