Cold winter weather can make us uncomfortable. Dealing with frigid temperatures, blustery winds, deep snow and slippery ice is not fun! It can be hard on our dogs too. Here are some helpful tips to help you keep your dog safe this winter.
Keep Your Dog Indoors
Please don’t leave your dog outside, the cold can be life threatening. If your dog is left out for a short time, make sure he has adequate shelter.
Dress Your Dog Appropriately
While you don’t want to keep your dog outside in the harsh winter weather, a brisk walk or some fun in the snow is good exercise for them. Make sure to dress your dog for the cold. If you have a Samoyed or Siberian Husky, they don’t need additional coats or sweaters but dogs with less fur and smaller dogs like Chihuahuas and Chinese Crested breeds should bundle up before heading out to play.
Ice Melt can be an issue for your pet’s feet. Protect their paws with booties to prevent any irritation. If your pet does slip out before his feet are covered. Wash his paws in a small basin of warm water when he comes in. You can find sweaters, coats, booties and more at PetSmart.
Watch Out for Poison
If you have ice around your home, use a safer ice melter. Safe Paw is 100% Salt Free and environmentally safe. You can find Safe Paw online at Jet.com.
Anti-freeze is a deadly poison that has a sweet taste. Make sure to clean up any spills immediately. Pay attention when walking your dog especially in driveways or parking lots where vehicles leaking anti-freeze may be lurking.
Provide a Warm Bed
Make sure your pet has a nice cozy bed to curl up in. If your home gets drafty in winter, get your dog a pet bed with cozy walls and add a thick blanket. You can also add a hot water bottle under the blanket for extra warmth. You can find all kinds of dog beds like the Bowser Ball Dog Bed at hayneedle.
Keep Pets Hydrated
Make sure your dog has plenty of water, just like us, dogs can get dehydrated in winter. If you keep a bowl of water outside for your dog, do not use metal bowls. We all remember what happened to the little boy who licked the flag pole in A Christmas Story. Your dog’s tongue can stick to that cold metal bowl the same way.
Keep Your Dog Busy
Just as people can get seasonal depression in winter, so can our dogs. Keep them busy and active with a subscription to BarkBox. This subscription box service sends your dog a package every month. Each box contains at least 2 innovative toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats and a chew, curated from each month’s unique themed collection.