Winter is here and so is the cold weather and it’s important to remember that our pets need protection from the cold as much as we do. For outdoor pets especially, it is vital to ensure that they have access to heated water bowls, shelters and heated mats. Indoor pets also need protection from the cold weather. Thin coated or older dogs might benefit from a sweater to help hold in body heat and many indoor pets also appreciate a heated bed during the cold winter months.
Another aspect of cold weather that’s easy to forget is the fact that it can worsen arthritis symptoms. If you have an older pet, now might be the time to look into a joint supplement to ensure their comfort level in addition to providing an orthopedic, heat retaining or heated bed.
Another unfortunate aspect of the winter is that the cold and snowy weather can wreak havoc on both the paws and coats of our pets. Many of the salt and ice-melt products used on sidewalks or driveways in the winter can irritate paws and can be toxic if ingested so you might consider a pet-safe ice melt product. Exposure to snow can cause fur to become matted or tangled and the cold itself can dry out the skin.
Winter is here and you still aren't sure what to do with your pond. Should you keep the pump running all winter or shut it down? Can you even keep a pond running all winter through freezing temperatures?
Maintenance is usually the determining factor in whether or not a pond owner keeps their pump running in the winter. The primary maintenance responsibility at this time is to make sure there is enough water for the pump(s) to operate properly. You will need to replace water loss so the pump(s) can continue to function properly.
There is nothing more breathtaking than a waterfall covered with ice formations and snow during the winter. You must, however, be careful with ponds that have long or slow-moving streams. In such cases, ice dams can form and divert water over the liner.
The fact is that ornamental fish will do just fine in two feet of water, as long as some form of oxygenation is provided, and a hole is kept in the ice to allow the escape of harmful gases. You may want to consider adding an aerator or floating de-icer to maintain an open area.
Take a look at this video for more winterizing information.