The Importance Of Caring For Your Pet This Winter

The Importance Of Caring For Your Pet This Winter

 

 Now that winter is upon us, many of us prefer to spend the vast majority of our time indoors. It certainly beats having to take the time to head to the closet, pull out the coat, hat and gloves that we will need to prepare ourselves for the elements. After all, who wants to brave snow, winds and subzero temperatures when we could be sitting in front of a fire with family and enjoying each other's company? Having the ability to choose to remain indoors and eat warm meals, as opposed to having to stay outside is just one of the main benefits to being a human. But what about our four legged legs who do not always have a choice in the matter? Who is the one that will care for their needs when they have been left out in the cold to suffer? A surprising number of pet owners do not stop to consider the situations that they are putting their furry friend into when they leave them outside during the winter for significant stretches of time. Since our animals do not possess the ability to let us know when they are cold or in severe distress, we often take their willingness to endure frigid temperatures for granted. All too often, our beloved friends are left outside for lengthy periods, without the proper shelter or care. In many cases these are dogs considered to be guardian dogs which help you to stay safe around the house but this does not mean that they are not suffering in the cold (or for that matter also in the hot) weather. There is no reason why our pets should remain outdoors when the temperatures start to fall and there are a number of viable alternatives available to pet owners who cannot provide their animals with the love and care that they so richly deserve.

A surprising number of pet owners do not stop to consider the situations that they are putting their furry friend into when they leave them outside during the winter for significant stretches of time. Since our animals do not possess the ability to let us know when they are cold or in severe distress, we often take their willingness to endure frigid temperatures for granted. All too often, our beloved friends are left outside for lengthy periods, without the proper shelter or care. In many cases these are dogs considered to be guardian dogs which help you to stay safe around the house but this does not mean that they are not suffering in the cold (or for that matter also in the hot) weather. There is no reason why our pets should remain outdoors when the temperatures start to fall and there are a number of viable alternatives available to pet owners who cannot provide their animals with the love and care that they so richly deserve.

A surprising number of pet owners do not stop to consider the situations that they are putting their furry friend into when they leave them outside during the winter for significant stretches of time. Since our animals do not possess the ability to let us know when they are cold or in severe distress, we often take their willingness to endure frigid temperatures for granted. All too often, our beloved friends are left outside for lengthy periods, without the proper shelter or care. In many cases these are dogs considered to be guardian dogs which help you to stay safe around the house but this does not mean that they are not suffering in the cold (or for that matter also in the hot) weather. There is no reason why our pets should remain outdoors when the temperatures start to fall and there are a number of viable alternatives available to pet owners who cannot provide their animals with the love and care that they so richly deserve.

 

Whenever you are unable to offer your pet food, love and shelter during the winter months, it is important that you do not allow the animal to remain in these conditions for an excessive amount of time, especially when there are numerous outlets available that are more than happy to assist you. If you are neglecting your animals and you wish to avoid the issues that are associated with keeping them warm and safe this winter, it is time to contact one of the many animal help centers, shelters or ASPCA locations in your region to find out more about what you can do and these outlets are able to give you the guidance that you need to make the right decision. In certain instances, pet owners are simply too busy to spend the proper amount of time with their four legged friends and their inability to give them the correct care does not stem from any sort of willful negligence. When we are wrapped up in our winter self-care regimen, it can be difficult to take a look at the bigger picture and realize that we are doing tremendous harm to the pets that we claim to love and cherish.

Animal help centers, shelters and ASPCA personnel are highly experienced and trained to offer your pet the assistance that they need when it comes to staying warm this winter. They have handled a wide range of situations just like the one that you are currently dealing and they are ready to offer solutions that can be implemented in a moment's notice. Not only will these helpful institutions provide your animal with a timely rescue, they are also willing to provide them with a new place to live and link them with families who have the means to keep them warm and sheltered during the colder months of the year. No animal deserves to suffer through subzero conditions and they can develop a number of chronic conditions because of said exposure. Animal shelters and help centers are staffed by employees who are truly dedicated to the task at hand. They will work tirelessly to ensure that your four legged friend is healthy, well taken care of and able to find a new home in a timely manner. ASPCA and other related organizations do everything in their power to promote animal safety and offer alternative solutions to the most common pet related problems that we face.

Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations where plans change and we are left without the ability to give pets the care that they need. When these situations arise, it can be difficult to find the help you need and with the assistance of ASPCA, animal shelters and related help centers, you no longer have to leave your pet's health and safety up to chance. The pet may also need treatment for the cold and harsh conditions that they have already been exposed to, a process that can become prohibitively expensive for even the most conscientious pet owners. That's why relying on an animal shelter has taken on added importance in recent years, as they have the means to provide the care that your pet needs, while also giving them a comfortable environment in which to heal. The rules and regulations regarding proper animal care are strictly adhered to, as animal shelters and help centers are properly ventilated and sanitized for your four legged friend's continued safety.

 Go to ASPCA to take action

If you are neglecting the correct winter care techniques for your animals and regularly leaving them exposed to harsh weather conditions this winter, it is time to make a serious change before you place your pet at further risk. Pick up the phone and contact your local ASPCA to find out more about the plethora of options that you have available. If however you observe such a case of negligence in your neighborhood try to talk to the owners or if they are not reachable or responsive call your local Animal protection agency and let them know about any animal left outdoors in the cold with no care or shelter. Don’t just walk by and hope for the best – Be their voice and help these suffering creatures as you would hope to be helped in a similar situation.

Coco Meyer
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