Pet Care Tips

Brrr! It's Cold: How can you protect your furry companion?

The cold winter weather will be upon us soon. As we try diligently to keep ourselves warm, let us not forget about our pets. How can we keep them not only warm, but safe? Did you know that some of the methods we use to keep ourselves safe can be quite harmful to our pets? For instance, most of us will put salt (ice melt) down to keep our driveways free of ice and to reduce the chances of us slipping and falling. However, this salt is quite harmful to our pets. Not only can the salt irritate their paws, it can cause diarrhea, excessive thirst and low blood pressure if ingested. Two ways to combat this danger are to use a an ice melt product that is made without any salt and to use a protective spray on your dogs paws.  Safe Melt is an ice melt made without any salt and Pro Paw is a protective spray. Another way to protect your dog’s paws is by using dog boots. You read that correctly. Dogs, too, can wear boots in the snow. Below is a list of tips for keeping your dogs and cats safe this winter:
  • Keep cats indoors. They can freeze outside.
  • Never let your dog off leash in the snow or ice--dogs can lose their scent in the snow and ice and become lost. Additionally, they may eat snow with ice melt in it.
  • Thoroughly wipe off your dogs legs, stomach, and paws after walks. Be sure to remove snow and ice trapped between paw pads to prevent irritation and the ingestation of ice melt or antifreeze.
  • Consider getting short-haired dogs, elderly dogs, and puppies a coat or sweater. Some breeds don't tolerate the cold well. These breeds may require a coat or sweater.(Affected breeds include: Greyhounds, Dobermans, Boxers, etc.)
  • Elderly dogs, ill dogs, breeds sensitive to the cold and puppies should limit outdoor time to potty breaks.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in the winter
  • Make sure your dogs and cats have a warm place to sleep away from drafts.


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