Dog Safety Tips During Winter Months

As the winter months and freezing temperatures approach, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to brush up on pet safety. Not only do we want to keep our family warm and safe this winter, we also want to do the same for our dogs!

Dogs are curious creatures who can wind up in all sorts of trouble. Winter weather brings harsh temperatures, snow storms, and new hiding places for our furry friends to stay warm. If you have a dog, be sure to read these tips carefully in order to keep your furry friend safe and warm this winter season!

  1. Wipe paws – Be sure to wipe your dog’s paws thoroughly after all winter walks. Cold weather can cause injuries, such as cracked or bleeding paws. Remember to always check for any injuries or infections that could be caused by cold weather or ice melting chemicals.
  2. Inspect fur – On winter walks, your dog’s paws, legs, and belly could pick up antifreeze and other chemicals that could be harmful. After every walk, wipe your dog’s paws, legs, and belly to remove any toxins.
  3. Avoid Shaving – Longer coats of fur will help keep your dog warmer throughout the winter. If your dog has longer hair, simply trim it throughout the winter to prevent knots and clinging ice. If your dog has shorter hair and shivers throughout the colder months, think about purchasing a vest or sweater to keep his or her belly warm.
  4. Leave pets at home – Not only are hot cars detrimental to dogs, but so are cold ones. Your dog is safer at home than in an unattended, freezing vehicle. Next time you leave the house with your dog, reconsider and think about leaving them at home.
  5. Limit time outside – Like people, dogs have a cold tolerance as well. Be sure to shorten walks and the length of time spent outside to prevent weather- related health risks.

These are five helpful tips to keep your dog safe this winter season. Some may be common knowledge, while others might be brand new for first time pet owners. Pets are an extension of our families that we should care for and protect in the same respect. Be sure to protect not only yourself and family this winter, but also your dogs!

 

 

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