SnowDogs

5 important tips to keep your pets safe this winter

Many areas of the country are experiencing very cold temps and a lot of snow, which makes it challenging for humans and pets alike. Most pets aren’t able to handle extreme cold and snow, and need a little help from their humans.

Here are our top 5 tips to keep your pets safer, healthier and happier this winter.

  1. When the snow flies many cities and neighbors put down rock salt and other chemical ice treatments to melt the snow. These treatments can be dangerous for dogs paws and may cause tummy upset from licking the salt off their feet. To help your dog, try to avoid salted roads and sidewalks, use a paw safe salt for your walks and drive, and wipe their paws with a warm cloth when they come inside.
  2. Fireplaces and heaters are as comfy to pets as they are to you which can make them a hazard. To keep your pets safe, keep them away from heat sources like wood stoves, heaters and fireplaces by placing barriers like secure screens, pet gates and x-pens around them.
  3. Limit the time your pet spends outside in the extreme cold and snow. If you’re cold, you can be sure that they are too. Make quick trips outside and think about putting a coat and booties on your pet to help them stay warmer.
  4. Keep an eye on your pet when going for walks, in your garage or near cars. Some pets are very attracted to the smell and taste of antifreeze, which is very toxic and harmful to pets.
  5. If you live near open bodies of water, like lakes and streams, avoid allowing your dog off leash as these water sources may seem to be frozen, but if not your dog could slip through a thin spot in the ice and not be able to get back out. Keep them leashed and with you at all times.

And if you’re knee high in snow, like many parts of the country consider creating a fun maze in your yard so your dog can get some quick, fun exercise!


PetHealthAcademy

Snaggle Foot partners with Pet Health Academy

Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care partners with Pet Health Academy
to provide pet CPR and first aid certification courses to their
franchise owners and their employees.

Snaggle Foot is the only nation-wide pet care franchise that requires its professionals
to complete training in pet CPR and first aid.

January 15, 2016 – Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care announces a new partnership with the Pet Health Academy to provide Pet CPR & First Aid Certification Courses and annual accreditation to Snaggle Foot franchise owners and their employees.

Pet Health Academy is an organization dedicated to bringing excellent pet first aid and CPR techniques to everyone who cares for companion animals. This course can be taken from any mobile device from any location that has access to the Internet within a 30-day time frame. The course takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete and is an annual certification. The course has received approval for 4 CEU’s (continuing education units) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

The initiative is part of the ongoing commitment to provide the most trusted dog walking and pet care providers in the nation. Snaggle Foot is the only nation-wide pet care franchise that requires its professionals to complete training in pet CPR and first aid, be bonded and insured, and pass a drug screen, reference check, and eight-point background screen.

For further information and/or questions feel free to contact the Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care corporate office at 877-609-7387 or via email at info@snagglefoot.com.

About Pet Health Academy

PetHealthAcademyLogoWhether you want to keep your pet safe or you’re responsible for the safety of someone else’s pet, it is important that you know what to do when something goes wrong. Pet Health Academy’s pet CPR and first aid class online provides the right knowledge it to save an animal’s life. The online course includes instruction relating to pet first aid, CPR, how to help choking pets, recognizing and basic treatment of hyperthermia and hypothermia, seizures and bloat, and more. Detailed course descriptions can be found on the Pet Health Academy website.  For more information email info@pethealthacademy.com.

About Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care

Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care is one of the most trusted dog walking and pet care providers in the nation. Each Snaggle Foot pet care franchise is locally owned and operated providing care from professionals right in your neighborhood that strive each day to provide outstanding care to the pets with whom we are entrusted, making sure they receive world-class service and the most stress-free experience possible. Snaggle Foot is the only nation-wide pet care franchise that requires its professionals to complete training in pet CPR and first aid, be bonded and insured, and pass a drug screen, reference check, and eight-point background screen. For more information about Snaggle Foot visit their website, or email info@snagglefoot.com.

Photo courtesy of Pet Health Academy.