As people begin to decorate for the holidays, it’s time for animal owners to think about how the change in seasons will affect their animals. From chickens and horses to cats and dogs, the dwindling daylight and chilly temperatures can affect all living things, including your pets. Here are a few tips to help keep your animals healthy and happy during the fall and winter.
Safety During Dwindling Daylight
For dog owners, the onset of winter often means morning and evening walks in the dark. To help keep you and your pet safe, use reflective collars and leashes. You’ll find a great selection at Homestead Gardens. We also have blinking lights that can be clipped to a harness or collar to ensure that cars see your furry friend.
Getting Chickens & Livestock Ready for Cold
Owners of chickens and other livestock must take additional steps to prepare their animals for the cold time of year. Seal coops and buildings enough that animals can stay dry and warm while out of the wind and weather, but don’t seal so tightly that the buildings retain moisture, which can be detrimental to your animals’ health.
You also want to make sure that your animals are as healthy as possible when heading into colder
weather. Based on your specific animal, make sure to feed them high quality feeds, forages and/or supplements. Consider undergoing your deworming practices, as fall is a good time of year to deworm your animals.
Additionally, take measures to avoid boredom, which becomes more common during the winter
months when chickens and livestock spend more hours indoors and out of the cold. Stock up on nutritious treats and toys to keep your animals busy, healthy, and happy.
Nobody wants to slip on the ice, but animal owners need to be particularly careful when choosing salt/de-icing products to ensure that the products do not hurt their animals. Visit Homestead Gardens to find de-icing products that are safe for your pets.
Keeping Pets Warm
Whether you want your furry friend to have amazing seasonal outfits, or your on-the-go pet needs a bit more protection from the weather, we’ve got what you need. Sweaters are great choices for pets who need a little extra protection from the cold. You’d be surprised how often pets start shivering while relaxing in heated rooms. Additionally, we carry heavier jackets and other pet clothing, such as boots, for outdoor walks. Boots can be a good choice for protecting your dog’s feet from salt and other chemicals if you frequently walk your pets on sidewalks, streets, or in parking lots.
Keeping Pets Cozy
As the weather gets colder, a new pet bed is the perfect way to say “I love you” to your four-legged friend. Make sure your dog has somewhere to snuggle up after a romp outside on a chilly day and your cat has somewhere cozy to sit by the fireplace.
At Homestead Gardens, we know you love your animals like family. As the weather changes, keep these tips in mind to help keep your animals healthy and happy.