Cold Weather Safety Tips

If it’s too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet, so pay extra attention and care to your pet needs during wintertime.

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  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pet must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse
  • Never shave your pet down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your pet in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him. If you have a cold sensitive pet consider getting him a coat or sweater to help regulating his temperature during Winter
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure he has plenty of water to drink will help keep him well-hydrated and his skin less dry
  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold
  • If your pet is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only when necessary
  • Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and may be difficult to housebreak during the Winter. If necessary, paper train your puppy inside if he appears to be sensitive to the weather
  • During the Winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

Chinchilla Dust Bath

Chinchillas are very clean creatures with a very dense fur. For them to stay clean and not have parasites they take vigorous dust baths.It is thought that Chinchillas do not only do it to help themselves keep clean but also as a fun activity which may help relax them.  It is an absolute need for your Chinchilla’s well-being.


  • NEVER, under any circumstance, wet your Chinchilla or wet it with water. Their coat or fur is very dense and will have a lot of problem drying. If the Chinchilla got wet and is not dried, fungus can grow on its fur and skin which will give your pet health and skin problems
  • Dust bath works by helping eliminated accumulated oil and dirt from your Chinchilla’s fur
  • You can safely give your pet Chinchilla dust bath every day or every other day
  • For the dust bath to work properly, it is important to use the proper type of dust especially made for Chinchillas and don’t use just any dirt or powder you can get elsewhere
  • Choosing the right container for your dust bath will help your Chinchilla stay clean.The right container is a bit heavy so the Chinchilla cannot tip it over. It should also be able to contain the dust. It is for this reason that house-type boxes made of plastic are a good option. But it should be deep enough and wide enough for your pet chinchilla to roll around freely without colliding with the walls or falling out
  • Put about a layer of dust on your dust bath container and nothing more. It is okay to re-use the dust as long as you scoop out any dirt that has gotten into it or left by your pet on it
  • The right timing would be in the evening around the time when your pet is most active and social
  • It is best to only leave it for 10 to 20 minutes each time you offer it to your pet
  • Be sure to check their eyes and ears regularly, as dust can become a problem in these areas.

It´s Too Hot

Dogs and cats practically do not sweat and as such can suffer even more quickly with heat. Take extra care of your animals at this time of year when temperatures are higher because heat stroke can be fatal!


  • Never leave your pet inside a car, even with the windows open in the shade
  • Avoid walking with your pet between 10am and 5pm, especially if it is on tar road
  • Let the animal be in a cool place, with shade and fresh water always available
  • Decrease your pet physical exercise on very hot days
  • Have proper hygiene care for your animal, such as baths and grooming
  • Be wary of the floor temperature, always testing first with your hand or bare feet
  • Darker or black fur animals tend to absorb even more heat. Take extra care with them
  • Very young or older animals require more attention in this period because they are more sensitive to heat.


If your pet suffers from a heat stroke, he should be soaked in cold water (never freezing!), wrapped in wet towels and rushed to a veterinary center.

Heat stroke is an emergency! And if it is not controlled in time, it can lead to death!

Kids and pets

Children and animals are natural best friends, but because of a child’s small size and unpredictable behavior, every pet owner and parent should take special preventive measures with children and pets.

Prevent seriously accidents and teach your children how to approach a pet!


The best way to have a healthy relationship, with animals or people, is always based on respect. Be aware of your pet’s body language and teach your children to do the same. Here are some golden rules in dealing with a dog, easily adaptable to other animal species:


  • Bothering dogs when they are eating
  • Taking dog’s bones or toys
  • Putting your face right up to a dog’s face
  • Bothering animals when they are resting. Let sleeping dogs lie
  • Grabbing tails and ears
  • Climbing on or trampling
  • Hugging. Most dogs dislike it
  • Hollering and shouting. Use your “inside” voice instead


You should:

  • Be polite and kind to pets. Learn to recognize when your dog is scared or anxious
  • Walk your dog even if you have a yard or outside space. Dog-walking is a great way for your dog to socialize with other people and animals and a very important sensory stimulus
  • Play appropriate games with pets. Train your dog. It will be fun for both and a great exercise for him
  • Train your dog to associate the kids with positive experiences, so he will be more likely to tolerate any less appropriate interaction of the child.

How to care of your pet

Adopting a pet is a great responsibility and should always be a conscious decision for life … But caring for an animal is easier than it looks! Here are some tips to take care of your best friend!

First, when adopting a pet always inform yourself of the particular needs of the species so that you can take care of him in the best way possible!


  • Food: Always take into account his primary needs, food and water. Put in daily food and fresh water. The food should be appropriate for your animal, age, size and health issues
  • Shelter: Your pet should have a shelter from the cold and rain and a comfortable and safe place where he can rest. You should offer the animal also a refuge on very hot days when he is outside. Avoid dog-walks in hot weather, especially on tar roads
  • Health care: Your pet should consult a veterinarian regularly for pet check-ups and vaccination and internal and external deworming plans
  • Hygiene care: is essential, especially with pet fur. Regular brushing your pet is very important to keep the animal healthy and comfortable. Keep the place where your pet is always clean and airy
  • Safety: A collar with an ID tag is a simple and efficient security measure in situations where your pet may be lost or run away from home
  • Legislation: Inquire about the current legislation for your pet. In the case of dogs and cats in Portugal, they must have chip, rabies vaccine and be registered in your residence Junta de Freguesia
  • Travel: When taking your pet on a trip, use a crate so he can travel more comfortably and safe and do not forget his documentation
  • Regular exercise is very important so that your pet is healthy and happy.  If you have a dog, you should take regular walks, even if you have a yard where he can be outside. When he goes on walks he has the opportunity to explore the world, socialize with people and other animals and learn new things
  • Mental stimulation of your pet is also extremely important to reduce stress levels, anxiety and prevent behavioral problems. Spend some of your time everyday playing with your pet and stimulating his curiosity
  • Education: Learn your pet body language, how to communicate and interact in the best way with him. Train your pet in a positive way with respect and patience and you will have a great friend for life!

Tips for Leaving Your Pet Home Alone

Once upon a time cats and dogs spent their days outdoors. These days, most of our dogs spend their people’s workdays at home alone. Often they’re bored and lonely, developing undesirable behaviors for people.

We leave some tips for your pet when you have to leave the house.


  • Leave your pet’s food in appropriate food toys so he have to “work” to get it. It is fun for him and stimulates his brain
  • Leave toys scattered and hidden around the house for him to search and have fun while alone
  • Leave the television or radio on so he does not get lonely. Preferably a quiet and peaceful environment. There are available music CDs for dogs, studied to relax or stimulate your pet
  • Offer your pet new toys and objects that stimulate his curiosity and interest. A simple paper box can be a fun hiding place
  • Have a safe and comfortable place where your pet can rest and nest while waiting for you!

Como Cumprimentar um Cão | How to Greet a Dog

Já alguma vez se colocou na posição do seu cão? Já tentou ver o mundo da perspectiva dele? Páre um pouco e pense… como se sentiria se alguém o abordasse da forma como a maioria das pessoas cumprimenta os cães?

  • Evite interagir com um cão na rua sem pedir autorização a quem o está a acompanhar ou quando os cães se encontram sozinhos ou presos. Pergunte se pode aproximar-se do cão sempre que tal seja possível
  • Evite entrar na zona de conforto do cão. Mantenha-se a uma distância segura para evitar ser considerado uma ameaça pelo animal
  • Não se aproxime a correr. Avance de forma calma e relaxada
  • Olhar de forma fixa pode ser assustador para o animal. Não se aproxime de frente para um cão que não conhece. Aproxime-se de lado e olhando de forma periférica
  • Não se debruce sobre o animal, mesmo que de cócoras pois é uma posição de intimidação. Mantenha-se fora “da bolha” do cão procurando apresentar-se na lateral do animal
  • Evite invadir o espaço privado ou de forma intrusiva estender a mão para o cão cheirar. Deixe ser o animal a aproximar-se ao seu próprio ritmo
  • Não force uma interação se notar medo. Observe o animal e verifique se ele está nervoso ou tenso. Se o animal se mostrar relaxado e vier ter consigo pedindo atenção e festas, disfrute!
  • Não acaricie de forma inadequada ou exagerada. Nem todos os animais gostam ou aceitam ser agarrados, beijados e acariciados de forma mais grosseira. Faça festas de forma calma e carinhosa
  • Evite falar alto, com demasiada excitação ou fazer movimentos bruscos. O animal pode assustar-se e reagir. Tenha uma atitude calma e tranquila e deixe o animal confortável com a sua presença
  • Não tente abraçar um animal que não conhece. Ao colocar a sua cara perto do focinho do cão está a colocar-se em perigo!
  • Esteja atento à linguagem do cão. Ele irá dizer-lhe quando se deve aproximar e quando é altura de lhe dar o seu espaço.

Have you ever tried to imagine yourself from the position of your dog? Can you see the world from his perspective? Please take a moment and think… how would you feel if someone addressed you the way most people greet a dog?

  • Avoid interacting with unfamiliar dogs specially if they’re tied up. Ask if you can approach the dog and interact with him first
  • Avoid getting into the dog’s comfort zone. Stay at a safe distance to avoid being considered a threat by the animal
  • Avoid rushing up into the dog. Approach slowly, at a relaxed walk
  • Avoid staring at the dog or approaching head-on. Approach sideways and look using your peripheral vision
  • Avoid leaning over or towards dogs even when you change position to squat or get up. Stay outside the dog’s bubble and present your side to the dog
  • Avoid reaching into the dog’s personal space or reaching your hand for the dog to sniff. Let the dog approach you at his own rate
  • Avoid petting if the dog looks nervous or tense. Just admire him instead. It´s OK to pet the dog if he looks relaxed, comes up to you, and solicits your attention by rubbing against you
  • Avoid touching inappropriately the dog. Avoid hugging, kissing and petting roughly. This is too familiar and disliked by many dogs. Pet gently
  • Avoid speaking very loud or in a very excited tone. Sudden movements can also scare the dog and lead him to react. Act calm and relaxed and let the dog be comfortable in your presence
  • Don’t try to hug an animal you are not familiar with. Putting your face next to the dog’s snout you are putting yourself in danger!
  • Be aware of the dog’s language and body posture. He will tell you when you can approach him and when is time for you to give him some space.