Cold Weather Tips
When heading outside
When taking your pets outside in the cold, even for a short walk, they should be dressed in weather appropriate clothing. This can include jackets or boots that insulate their body heat and protect their paws.
Older animals can have a harder time in extreme weather, and their time exposed to the elements should be limited. While outside, keep your pets close and monitor their behavior for any signs of discomfort or pain.
Heading back inside
When you bring your pets back inside, it’s best to wipe off their paws with a clean cloth to remove any snow, ice, or rock salt they might have picked up outside. While salting sidewalks and roadways help us get around despite the weather, the salt isn’t great for your pets health if ingested. While cleaning their paws check their paw pads for any cuts or scrapes they may have gotten from the icy ground.
If your dog has a favorite blanket or spot on the couch ready when they come back inside, they’ll definitely be excited to get cozied up.
In addition to rock salt, there are other harmful substances your pet can potentially ingest if left unattended during cold weather. Even small amounts of antifreeze in water can be potentially fatal for dogs, and can cause renal failure. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh, clean water when getting exercise in any weather conditions.
Snow days can be a favorite for both dogs and their owners, and many wonderful memories are made during playtime in the snow. By knowing what precautions to take in the winter, you can ensure lots of fun with your pets for years to come!