We are now in the prime of our winter season here in Canada, and even though our snow delayed itself for a while, it is here, and it is cold! With cold weather, comes extra dangers for our pet which we all need to be aware of. In the summer, or spring, the main concerns for our pets are things like poisonous plants, heat, dehydration etc... so what exactly are the winter dangers?
Winter Safety Tips For Your Dog -
1. Keep those paws protected!
There are so many dangers for your dogs paw pads during the winter season. Salt... road salt to be exact. That stuff can do a real number on those paw pads. At home, a great investment is pet safe Ice Melter. Not only is it pet safe, and much easier on their paws, it is also a better option for those of us with young children as well. The drawback is that we cannot control what gets put on sidewalks and/or roads. Do some research, or take a good look at the roads, and try to avoid any areas that you see road salt.
2. Another danger for your dogs paws is snow and/ice getting all balled up in the fur between the paw pads. I mean, lets face it, having a bunch of ice and snow all balled up and frozen in between our pets toes it a painful experience for them. There really isn't much you can do to prevent it - aside from purchasing dog booties - so my best piece of advice is to always check your dogs paws when you bring him/her inside.
3. Dry, cracked paw pads can be super painful for your dog, and a very common occurrence in the winter months. A great way to prevent this, is to purchase a quality paw balm. K9 kelp paw balm will keep your dogs paw pads moisturized and will help repair any damage that may have already been done.
4. Brrrrrr.... dogs can get cold too! Heck, even Siberian Huskies know when it's too darn cold outside! But what can you do? Your dog needs to be walked, but as a pet parent, it is up to you to make sure they are plenty warm enough. A great option would be investing in a winter dog jacket.
5. Despite what some may think - just because dogs have fur, does not mean they can stay outside for extra long periods of time during cold winter months. Siberian Huskies (obviously) will want to stay out longer, and they can! With their double coat, they are very well protected from the elements, however, that doesn't mean they should be out there. Let your dog guide you. They know when cold is too cold, and won't hesitate to tell you... if you listen. Use your best judgement, check on your dog often, and make sure they are not shivering, or showing any signs of being cold. Bring your dog inside often for a drink of water, and to warm their bones.
By following these tips, and always using common sense, you can help your dog have a fun, safe winter. How about you? Do you have any tips to add? What sort of fun winter activities do you do with your pet?
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