It’s getting a little chilly here in Ohio. Okay, let’s be real, it’s very chilly. And when the lower temperature comes out, so do our space heaters and heating blankets. There are many tools available that help keep us cozy in our comfy chair without having to heat up the whole house. However, pet owners need to be cautious with their furry friends. Here are some tips to keep your pet comfy and safe this winter.
Be mindful of extreme temperatures: Pets are just as susceptible to heat and cold. With the cold days and nights, be cautious when drastically reducing your heat and leaving the house. Dogs and cats can adjust to temperatures, but sudden drops can affect their health.
Refer to a veterinarian for the best temperatures for snakes and reptiles.
Use vent covers: Animals can find their ways into small spaces. They are not aware of the dangers of your home’s heating system. The size of your vents can be large enough for curious furry companions to enter and get stuck. Vent covers will prevent entry and other possible accidents happening.
If you do not have covers for your equipment, contact an HVAC provider to have them installed.
Pet-friendly heaters: Before purchasing an electric heater, make sure it has this pet-friendly feature of being cool to the touch. Some heaters have exposed heating elements which leads to many potential dangers. Ceramic heaters that have built-in safety and touchable surfaces are a pet-friendly choice.
Speak to a professional: Veterinarians and technicians can provide more tips and tricks on how to ensure your pet’s safety this winter.