Fun Ways to Get Through Winter With Your Pet

The idea of enduring several months of sub-zero temperatures, wind, and black ice might sound terrible, but since we live in Michigan, it’s what we have to work with, right? 

We may as well try to make the best of the weather. Sure, there are some precautions when it comes to getting through the winter with your pet, but once you’ve prepared for the worst, good times are all but guaranteed.

Creature Comforts

The winter can be delightful (at least in the beginning), but it can cause serious dangers to your pet’s paws. If you haven’t already, invest in a set of waterproof pet booties. They may not appreciate them at first, but given the chance to get used to them they’ll likely embrace them on one of Michigan’s coldest days of the year.

Likewise, an insulating vest or sweater can go a long way toward creating a happy pet in the outdoors.

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Fun Winter Activities to Keep Your Pet Moving

The long winter months are great for staying cozy and eating our fair share of food during the holidays. When it comes to our pets, though, this season is sometimes prohibitive to them getting the exercise they need to stay healthy and happy. 

During inclement weather, it is hard to get outside with our pets. Couple this with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and it’s easy to let those daily playtimes fall to the wayside.

The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates believes daily exercise is vital to your fur friend’s well-being. Here are some recommended fun activities to keep your pet moving during the cold months.

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The Great Chase: How To Prevent Your Dog From Chasing Small Animals

The desire to chase is an instinctive and innate drive in most breeds. At its most basic, dogs evolved as predators and scavengers, and so this natural instinct can be difficult to curb or eradicate, especially with certain breeds

Still, it can be possible to train, distract, and prevent your dog from chasing small animals and birds. 

Why Do Dogs Chase?

The desire to chase is closely tied to a dog’s amazing sense of smell. Their nose, which is 10,000 more sensitive than ours, acutely detects the scent of small mammals and birds, and the quick movements of these “prey animals” also serves to attract some dogs to the chase. 

Another reason dogs chase is that the activity is inherently pleasurable for them. Your dog has a lot of fun in the chase, and sometimes catching something can deliver the ultimate reward – unfortunately. 

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