Seasonal Tips

 

Equine

  • Snow is not an adequate source of water, if warm unfrozen water is not provided an impaction in the gut could occur which would lead to serve colic in the horse.
    • ¬†Please make sure that water buckets and tanks are heated, and water is available to the horses at all times.
    • When temperatures become extra cold more feed is required to sustain the body temperature of the horse. Young and older horses will require even more feed because there body temperatures are more susceptible to the cold weather.
  • Stalling is not necessary for all horses but protection from the winter elements is necessary. Horses adjust to winter conditions extremely well but need to be able to escape freezing winds and moisture. A small, three sided run in shed or timberline provides escape from strong winds, snow, or ice.
    • In some instances when the temperature drops well below freezing it may be necessary to put the horses up in the barn if you have access to one.

Small Animals

  • Make sure outside water dishes have warm unfrozen water. Having heated water dishes will assists in keeping the water warm and unfrozen.
  • If you have outside pets make sure to provide them with a warm place to get away from the winter temperatures.
    • ¬† A simple solution for barn cats is to take a large styrofoam cooler, fill it with bedding and cut a hole in it for access. This will also help to prevent frost bitten ears
    • For your K-9 companions make sure they have a shelter that helps get them out of the wind.
      • Keep in mind that the shelter should not be much bigger than the dog. If the shelter is to large it will not aid in keeping your k-9 companion warm.
  • Is your cat an inside/outside cat? If so keeping the cat indoors when it becomes too cold outside will also prevent little ears from becoming frost bit.