Keeping your pets safe during the winter is challenging. Whether they need to be let out to the backyard for exercise or kept in your house alone for a while, it can be worrisome when you can’t see what they’re doing at all times.
There are numerous ways you can keep your pet safe and comfortable during the cold months. Here are a few safety tips to get you through winter.
1. Designate a Trusted Pet Sitter
Whether you’re at work or on a trip, make sure you nominate a trusted friend, family member, neighbor or hire a pet sitter to take care of your pet while you’re away. It’s not easy to find someone willing to take a few minutes of their day to check on your pet, but those who understand that you love your pet should be more than willing to offer their help. Ask if they’d consider spending a few hours a day with the pet to feed them, let them out for exercise and/or keep them company. Let them know that any time they devote to watching your pet helps keep them comfortable and safe.
2. Keep the Area Safe and Clean
Whether inside or outside, you should do everything necessary to remove potential hazards from the vicinity of your pet. Place items that can poison, choke, break or harm your pet in any way within a locked cupboard or storage area. Pay special attention to areas where your pet may be caged, ensuring any item does not pose a risk to safety. Seal up fences or external entryways to prevent your pet from getting lost when they go outside for exercise. Never leave your pet chained up outside at any time of year, and make sure you keep their inside living area clean.
3. Install Security Camera Systems
If you can’t check on your pet for long hours of the day or you do not have anyone else to watch them, consider installing a security camera system inside or outside the house. A wire-free system is easy to install, and the cameras can be placed almost anywhere on your property. These battery-operated security cameras record footage when motion is detected, so if you need to review footage, you don’t have to sift through hours of video to find when something occurred. And if you just want to check in on your pet throughout the day, you can easily do so through an app on your phone.
Have Peace of Mind Knowing Your Pet Is Safe
You can provide a safe and comfortable area for your pet with any of the methods mentioned above, or you can choose to amp it up by installing a wide range of security features. A security camera system for pet safety includes features such as remote monitoring, event timelines and recorded video storage to help keep an eye on pets. They’re great for times when your pets need to be left alone.