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Don't forget your pets during this "Arctic Blast" in North Texas

Keep your pets warm during this winter weather!

With this unusually cold weather in North Texas we don’t want to forget to keep our furry kids safe.  Here are some tips that will help you do that:

* If your pets are normally outside, you may want to consider bringing them into the house.  If you are unable to bring them inside, make sure that they have a draft-free storage building or garage to go into with dry, clean bedding. Use extreme caution when using electric heaters or heat lamps and keep cords out of reach.

* Very young, old & short-haired dogs and cats should only spend a short time outside in freezing weather.

* Make sure to give you animals with plenty of fresh, unfrozen water in plastic bowls. With temperature below freezing, your dogs tongue could stick to a metal bowl.

Remember your dog still needs to get excercise.  If you have a short-haired dog, make you put a coat or some sort of protection on them. We don’t have any snow here in North Texas to worry about (right now) so booties wont be necessary.  If you are unable to get your dog out for its regular walk, here are a few things to consider to still get your dog some physical and mental stimulation. 

* Teach your dog a new trick, obedience command or game. Hide a toy or treat and have your dog find it.  Start out by hiding the toy or treat in a place that would make it easy for them to find and then increase the difficulty.

* Teach your dog to walk on the Treadmill- Treadmill training is a great way to still get excercise for your dog when the weather is too cold or too hot for that matter. 

* Dont have a treadmill?  You may want to consider getting a dog walker.  This is a great idea if you have a very active dog that needs lots of excercise.

 

 We offer both treadmill training and dog walking services. Contact us for more information!

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  1. Great advice. Cold weather can be fun for everyone provided the right gear, hydration and shelter is made available!

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