“…When it snows, ain’t it thrilling, though your nose gets a chilling we’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way, walking in a winter wonderland.”
As the cold weather approaches and we anticipate the thrills and frills of the upcoming holidays, we must not forget to take the proper precautions to keep our pets safe during the change of seasons. Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your pets out of trouble this winter.
- Always keep your dog on a leash outside, especially on snow or ice. Dogs can lose their scent and become lost.
- Make sure your dog or cat has an updated ID tag that he wears at all times.
- Wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes inside out of the snow, ice, or sleet. He can potentially ingest dangerous chemicals, salt, or antifreeze while licking his paws, which is harmful and potentially deadly for dogs.
- The longer your dog’s coat the warmer he will be. Ferminating, regular brushing, and trimming are safe alternatives to a shave down in the winter months. When you bathe your dog make sure he is completely dry before he goes outside.
- For short hair breeds consider purchasing a fitted dog coat or sweater for extra warmth.
- Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car in the cold weather. The car can insulate the cold turning the environment into a doggy freezer.
- If your dog is used to outdoor activities and needs to cutback during the colder days, increase his intake of proteins and omegas to keep his heart, fur, and brain in healthy shape.
- Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep away from any drafty areas. Layering blankets on the floor or dog bed will keep your friend extra cozy.
- Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Make sure to clean up any spills from your vehicle. You can also consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. If you suspect your pet had ingested these chemicals immediately seek medical attention, this can be deadly!
- Beware of spoiling your pet with people treats this holiday season. Bones, chocolate, alcohol, berries, plants, and candles can be very dangerous to dogs and cats, and potentially deadly if ingested.
- Avoid extreme cold conditions for your pet by shoveling snow, staying close by when your pet is outdoors, and drying their coat when he is ready to come inside.
- Keep your outdoor cat inside or provide a warm, insulated, and dry shelter. Outdoor cats can be frostbitten on their paws and ears in the cold weather.
- Be extra vigilant of both your cat and dog this winter and in turn they will keep you warmer and safer this season.
- Visit www.northshorepetchef.com to keep your pet entertained with all natural and healthy treats and chews. They make great holiday gifts!