Thursday, 15 November 2018

Winter is coming !!!

Yes, the winter is coming, that needs to remind us of some chilling facts about the dangers that cold winter weather can pose for our pets! Flu, hypothermia and even death are real dangers to your dog . Most dogs’ coats are more like our hair – if you need to wear a hat to stay warm, your dog coat may need some help too! Double-coated dogs like Huskies or Saint Bernards are exceptions, but even thick coated dogs vary in how much cold they can withstand. It depends not only on the temperature, wetness, wind, how long they are in the cold, but how much food they’ve had to keep warm while they are out for their walks or playing outside. Other factors also affect how long your dog can stay out with you safely – including how much muscle, fat and fur your dog has protecting them, and how much energy they have to burn to keep themselves warm. Just like people, many young dogs enjoy playing, walking or running in the cold with us for hours. So how do you know how much cold is safe – and comfortable – for your dog?

Always play it safe, and each year when winter comes, reassess your dog’s tolerance, which will go down as they get older. Keep a close eye on your dog while they are outside with you to watch for these two deadly signs…

1) Flu

When your dog is exposed to temperatures below the normal degrees for too long, flu can set in. What you have to notice for is if a dog has a flu they will start to develop a cough that is typically moist and can have nasal discharge. Sometimes it will be more of a dry cough, In most cases the symptoms can last for few days but during winter it can last longer. If the symptoms persist and your doggy develops a high fever, red eyes,excessive coughing or sneezing then contact your local vet immediately.

2) Hypothermia

Hypothermia occurs when the dog’s body temperature goes below normal as a result of prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, is another very real danger during the cold winter months. Symptoms of hypothermia typically include shivering, lethargy, a low heart rate, slow breathing and unresponsiveness. If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately bring your dog inside your warm house or room-temperature car and contact your veterinarian.

Side Note : A dog’s internal system works extra hard in the cold to maintain appropriate body temperatures. As such,your dog needs extra fuel to burn and generate heat. Also, remember to provide plenty of fresh drinking water. It is just as easy to get dehydrated in the winter as it is in the summer if proper amounts of water are not consumed.

Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet's water dish to make certain the water is fresh.

No matter what the temperature is, windchill can threaten a pet's life. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads are at risk during extreme cold snaps.

For this reason, short-haired dogs often feel more comfortable wearing a sweater—even during short walks.

A cats winter guide :

For many, it seems this winter is never going to end. While many cats are pleased to stay indoors, let’s not forget about our more adventurous kitties who either stay outdoors or try to sneak out as soon as the door is opened. Keep your kitties safe this winter with these five tips:

1) Bring your kitty inside :

If you’re left shivering and shaking from a quick stroll outside, it’s likely too cold for your kitty too. Although they may be used to spending their days in the great outdoors, and as much as they may seem like they want to stay outside, their health and safety are more important.

2) Make warm and cozy places indoors :

Whether you’re using an energy-saving thermostat that lowers the temperature at night, or your windows just aren’t as insulated as you’d like, it can still get pretty chilly when you’re inside your home during the winter. Make sure Kitty has plenty of warm and cozy places to curl up inside your home – this is a great bribe for those kitties that may be reluctant to come inside. A cat bed or blanket will do the trick…although we all know she’ll probably end up sleeping in your bed, anyway.

3)Bang on the hood of your car before driving :
Outdoor cats often seek shelter from the cold under cars. Before you get in your car, don’t forget to knock on the hood to scare away hiding kitties, and do a quick peek below to make sure they’ve left.

4) Build an outdoor shelter

Outdoor cats may struggle to keep warm and find food in the winter. An outdoor cat shelter can help keep your outdoor cat (and neighborhood strays) protected and warm.

If there are outdoor cats, either owned pets or community cats in your area, remember that they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. It's easy to give them a hand.

Watch Out

(Cars are one of many hazards to small animals—warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car's hood to scare them away before starting your engine.)

Now that we have a basic understanding to safeguard our dogs & cats how about other pets like guinea pigs, hamsters or rabbits ?

Here are a couple of tips for people with these pets :

Guinea pigs/Hamsters/Rabbits winter guide:

1) Keeping your pets hutches warm in winter is very important, hutches should be positioned so that wind, rain, snow or sleet can’t blow in. If the weather’s particularly bad, move the hutch into an unused garage or shed if it’s possible. For guinea pigs, it’s better to keep them inside in winter, in a conservatory or unused garage.

2) If your pet needs to stay outside, help keep them snug as a bug in their hutch by covering the front with an old blanket or sacking and adding extra bedding. Don’t forget you need to change their bedding regularly.

3) Check their water bottle regularly. Press the ball every few hours to keep it moving – you can get specially made bottle covers but you’ll still need to do regular checks.

4)Your pet still needs to have access to their run during the day so they can get their regular exercise.

5) Guinea pigs/Rabbits need more calories to keep warm so give them lots of good quality hay to nibble on.

Winter months can be just as hazardous to your pet's health as the summer months. But by taking the right precautions and using good old common sense, you can help protect your pets from the dangers that can accompany the harsh winter climate.

Monday, 3 September 2018

The PAW Memes - Mini Edition

Welcome to the Mini Edition of the PAW Memes, hope you enjoy this random memes of the doggies here at PetStepin'.

This is it for the Mini Edition of the "The PAW Memes". Hope you guys enjoyed it !!!

Sunday, 19 August 2018

The Toffee Stories - The Siege

In the last episode of "The Toffee Stories" we saw something caught the attention of TOFFEE which had made her worried... What is bothering her? What did she actually see?

Let's find out !!!


Toffee : Damn !!!

Toffee :  Bella .. Any word from our head of security ?

Bella : No boss, unable to contact them.

Toffee : Looks like I have to deal with this myself. Bella.. sound the alarm, I am going in.

Bella : Roger that boss!!!

Toffee goes out and looks at the strangers who are at the gates of PetStepin' and they stare back, not scared and not ready to back down...

Toffee : My God !! There are too many of them...

Now as Toffee enters to confront the strangers, she know she is at a point of no turning back...

Toffee's surrounded...

Who are these strangers ? Where did they come from?

Well Toffee won't know who they are, but we do.... They are the kids from the next door "The Green Pocket" who came to interact with the doggies, but Toffee doesn't know that... Shhh !!!

Toffee : These kids they don't look so bad. So humans what are they here for? Are they here to overthrow me ???

PetStepin Manager : NO Toffee. They are here to learn about the doggies, interact with them and when they heard you were running the place they came to meet the new boss !!!

Toffee : So they are not here to take over the place from me??

PetStepin Manager : NO Toffee.

Toffee : Good ! Well I guess I was worried for no reason.

PetStepin Manager : Exactly !

Toffee : Well in that case you can tell Bella to stop the Potty Cannon.

PetStepin Manager : Huh !!

Toffee : Just tell Bella, she will know it.

PetStepin Manager : Oh, ok.

Toffee : So what do I teach them?

PetStepin Manager : You can teach them how to be good and gentle with dogs.

Toffee : Ok, but no touching my belly it tickles.

PetStepin Manager : Got it.

Toffee : Ok, kids here is what you need to know about my kind, to put in a sentence,

Basically if you do get one of us into your home when you kids grow up, just know you no longer own the place it will be us! So yeah.. we rule over you. We will demand love, attention and more over food. What do you get in return ?? We will give you unconditional love...

Well anyway that's all the two minutes I have for you right now.. I don't do cuddles and licks.. for that we have "Champ".. you can deal with him.

Champ enters...

Champ : Kids, give me a minute let me settle down, then you can brush me.. just a side note, I like belly rubs, so yeah.. dont wait.. have at it..

Champ : Yep... Best day ever ..

So as Toffee feared there was nothing to worry about, there was no attack or siege on PetStepin', and we were not planning any coupe against her, it was just cute little kids from "The Green Pocket" who were keen to interact with the doggies. Well anyway it was a fun day as the kids got to learn new things with dogs, had fun interacting with Toffee and Champ, learnt to brush the dogs, Bathe them etc...

Do you want to know how Toffee continues to rule in PetStepin' follow our blog to stay find out :)