Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe in Winter
If You Are Cold, So is your Dog!
Dogs & cats can get frostbite on their ear tips, noses, tails & paws. In the beginning of the winter, dogs coats are just starting to thicken for protection, these are vulnerable months. Short-hair dogs need a warm sweater or coat. Be sure to thoroughly dry your dog when you bring him inside.
Watch Your Doggie Carefully. Keep Him On His Leash.
Don’t let your dog off leash during a snowstorm, they can lose their scent and easily get lost. More dogs are lost during winter than any other season. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and dog tags. Ponds, Lakes, & creeks are extremely dangerous. Your dog can slip or jump in. Rescuing a dog that has fallen through the ice, it’s extremely difficult for you & the dog.
Avoid Antifreeze poisoning
Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and keep antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Consider using Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol vs ethylene glycol which is less toxic to pets, wildlife and family.
Clean your Dog’s Paws
The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate foot pads. It can cause burns & cracks. Rinse your dog’s feet after a walk or winter romp. Wipe all paws with a warm wet towel particularly between his toes. Or check out the Paw Plunger. Please do this before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.
Manage Your Dog’s Calories
If you have an active dog that likes to play actively outside, you might increase his diet by 25% to ensure they have enough calories to convert into heat.
Speak out if you see a pet left in the cold
If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you're concerned. If they don't respond well, document the date, time, exact location and type of animal. Video and a cell phone photo will help. Then contact your local animal control agency or county sheriff's office and present your evidence.
The best prescription for winter's cold is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time.
Snuggle up with your best pal and binge-watch Lassie and 101 Dalmatians.
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