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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!