With the cold weather approaching you want to make sure your furry friends are safe and properly cared for. Winter time can be very stressful for all animals, whether they live indoors or outdoors. Remember that the winter weather affects animals in many different ways. The following are a few tips to help your pets stay happy and healthy this winter.
Baby It's Cold Outside
As the temperature starts to drop, and the snow and freezing rain arrives, we have some nifty pet practices that are sure to help keep those furry friends healthy. Please make sure that your pets are safely indoors during the harsh weather, and those animals that live outdoors have a safe and warm covered place to protect them from the elements. For those dogs that are living outside, a four-sided house with a flap over the door and plenty of hay/straw as bedding to stay warm will do.
For happy house pets that are living indoors, remember they do need to be warm while outside for walks and play. Some thin coat dogs could use a fashionable sweater or jacket to help keep their bodies warm. Also with the shorter days, you can keep them safe by putting a reflective vest on your pet during early mornings and evenings.
For Pawrific Time of Year
When walking during the winter months, remember that street salt is a dog’s worst enemy and can cause drying out and cracking of their paw pads. Dogs' paws should be wiped down and cleaned of all salt after every walk. You can even buy winter boots for your dog!
Dashing Through the Snow
During winter there is ice on the road, and salt or other de-icing chemicals may be used. These chemicals are a hazardous to pets, so never let your pet drink from roadside puddles, and make sure you rinse and dry feet and other body parts when you return from outside.
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
Fall and winter is also the beginning of hunting season! With so many beautiful walking trails passing through scenic woodlands, you are going to run into many hunters. Having your dog dressed with a fashionable reflective vest during these seasons, hunters will be able to identify the difference between Bambi and your pet while out on that stroll.
The Hounds of Winter
Winter Quick Tips:
With Earth Day fast approaching you might be wondering what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment or what special project you can join to be a friend to the Earth! Below are some ideas to make the Earth a better place!
Trash Tag Challenge
By now we have all seen different “social media challenges” from icy buckets of water to photo challenges. But is there a way to have an impact on both social media and the environment? Make way for the Trash Tag Challenge! People all over the world have been taking before and after pictures of habitats or just the on side of the road. The after pictures are what really make an impact because it shows the many bags of trash the challenger has collected. This is such an easy challenge that can be done just about anywhere!
Its the Last Straw
Straws are something that we might take for granted on a daily basis but have a much larger impact that we might think. Each day the world uses 500,000,000 straws and most of those will end up in the ocean causing harm to sea birds, sea turtles, and whales (just to name a few). It's as easy as saying “no” to help reduce the impact of plastic straws in our oceans. Next time you are at a restaurant ask “no straw please” or buy a reusable straw to use as an alternative. To find more information visit One Last Straw and The Last Plastic Straw.
Litterati is an app that tracks litter through geotags and brand names to help reduce trash impact while also raising accountability for that litter.
iRecycle and Recycle Nation are search engines made for recycling. Use it to find where to recycle certain items in your area. They also provide informative articles on all things recycling.
PaperKarma helps reduce unwanted paper mail that you just end up recycling anyways.
There are also other easy ways to reduce your impact that can be easily integrated into your everyday life:
Celebrate Earth Day this by by joining NRT naturalists for our next Family Science Outing April 18 from 5:30-7:00! Keep Sheep Pasture Clean Family Science Outing! Learn about the dangers of environmental trash before departing on a property-wide search of litter!
Thank you for visiting the NRT's new website. We hope you are able to take some time to explore all of the information available for NRT and the community!
We look forward to posting new information in NatureTalk, and we will beginning an all-new series of posts in January 2019.
We hope everyone has wonderful holidays, and we look forward to a great year in 2019!