Let’s face it, few of us who have pets think of them as “not just a pet”. It doesn’t matter if we own a Great Dane or a tiny hamster, they become a full-fledged member of the family. They become like our children in that we care about their well-being, their happiness and do all that we can to keep them safe and sound. As the weather turns cold and wintery there are some hazards that we need to be aware of that effect our fur-babies.
Where Did That Warm Weather Go?
If you live anywhere in the country that has a cold and snowy climate, you might be one of those people who spend their time counting the minutes until the warmer weather returns! Did you know your pet may be doing the same if they spend much time outdoors? Cold air temperature can be harmful for any animal that spends time outside.
Livestock, dogs, cats … any animal that spends time outdoor in frigid temperatures runs the risk of health issues similar to humans. If they live outside all the time you need to make sure that they have adequate shelter that will give them a haven from the wind, rain, snow and cold. But who wants to just do adequate when we’re talking about a member of the family?
Using metal farm buildings from Carport Central can help you to shelter your livestock and pets in a way that not only benefits them, but is cost effective and adds value to your property. Metal buildings can be insulated and depending on the customization that you choose can even be walled in to offer added protection from the elements!
Even if you don’t have livestock, Carport Central has the other metal sheds and carports that can provide shelter to your domestic pets as well. By having a metal livestock shed added to your property you add an area that will allow your pet to be outside without having to be directly in the elements. Did you know that you can even customize metal buildings in ways that will add them to the style of your property seamlessly?
Snow and Ice are Not Friends to Our Pets
Did you know that there are more hazards to our pets in the winter than the rest of the year? When it’s freezing out would you walk around barefoot? Well that is exactly what our pets are doing! That frozen driveway and walkway could do a lot of harm to their little paws if they are out too long or out in subzero weather.
It is important to make sure that your little furry children are not left out too long. Also, try to make sure if they have to be outside for a time that you clear an area for them that is free from snow and ice. It will minimize the potential for damage to the pads of their feet.
Another hazard that our pets have to deal with in the winter is the corrosive nature of products that we use to fight the ice. Rock salt and other de-icing products can burn the pads of their feet. There are pet friendly products on the market that are safe for their paws, but they can tend to be more expensive.
Having a metal carport or garage offered by Carport Central can help in this instance too. By allowing for protection from the elements and giving an area that is clear from the snow and ice. If the space is protected from the ice, you will not need to use these harsh products on the driveway and walkways. Adding a lean-to or wall to the carport can help keep the winds away as well.
… a healthy, safe and secure pet. Our pets look to us for everything. They trust us without hesitation and all of this simply because they love us. Make sure that when you are bundling up to head outside this winter that you remember that they could use a little bit of help to get through the season.
Make sure your livestock or larger animals are safe and warm in a metal farm building or metal barn. Know that their feed, tack and supplies are right at hand in a storage lean-to that can be added right to the building. Be secure knowing that you will not have to worry about them when they are tucked nice and warm and not out in the open.
For your smaller pets, try booties or making sure that when they are outside they are under the protection. Use pet friendly products on walkways and driveways and minimize the length of time they are outside when the temperatures drop too low!
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All of the experienced staff at Carport Central want your pets to be happy and healthy as much as you do, so call us today at (980) 321-9898 and find out how you can get a perfect shelter for your lovable pets.
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