If you love hitting the mountains this time of year, and your fur baby just has to go with,
then you need to read through these 5 tips for having a safe yet super howling time. A huge thank you to the ASPCA for providing many of these pawsome pointers.
1. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter! If they’re a long-haired breed, a light trim will do the trick and minimize the chance of ice balls, salt crystals, or de-icing chemicals drying out their skin. Plus, long hair creates more warmth…obvi! For short-haired pups, now’s your chance to grab that super cute sweater you’ve been eyeing at Petco because they’ll actually need it this time around!
2. Massage petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into fido’s paw pads before going outside! This will help protect his pads from salt and chemical agents. Those hilarious looking dog booties are also a totally effective option because they provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation.
3. Watch out for rock salt and antifreeze! Rock salt isn’t toxic but it can upset your furbaby’s tummy so be sure to keep your pet from eating it. It also has the potential to cause irritation on their paws. Antifreeze, on the other hand, is extremely toxic. It tastes sweet but it can be deadly so be on the look out for blue or green-colored substances on surfaces.
4. Feed your furbaby a little bit more! Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Increasing your pets portion size in the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories which means more warmth. Also, making sure they have plenty of water to drink will help keep them well-hydrated and their skin less dry.
5. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet! If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death. Scary huh?