Winter is upon us! Do you ever worry about your pet when you go out into the cold? Here are some tips to keep your furry loved ones safe this winter.
Towel dry your pet when coming in from the snow. Pay special attention to snowballs that may develop on the long hair between pads on the underside of the foot. Sometimes your dog may appear lame until you remove this snow!
Keep your dog’s coat longer in winter. If your dog has a short coat, consider a sweater or winter jacket especially for longer walks.
Avoid sidewalks or other surfaces treated with ice melting chemicals that may irritate your dog’s paws. If your pet accidently walks through this be sure to wash his/her paws shortly after returning home.
Try not to bathe your pet more than once a month to avoid drying the haircoat (unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian). Consider a humidifier if your home is dry.
Antifreeze is toxic for pets! Don’t leave it out and be sure to clean up any spills.
Don’t leave pets outdoors for prolonged time periods or alone in cars in cold temperatures. If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them too!