Many are aware of frigid temperatures we are having! You may put on big puffy jackets, scarfs, mittens and a hat to keep from the bitter cold getting you. But many forget that in temperatures like these, your animals need extra layers too! Use some of these helpful tips below for your four-legged friends.
Beware of sidewalk salt and de-icer. Dogs’ paws are extremely sensitive, so prolonged exposure to sidewalk salt can be problematic. If you walk your dog regularly in areas where sidewalk salt is used during inclement weather, wipe the underside of paws with warm water and a clean towel when you go back inside. Doing so also eliminates risk of ingestion if your pup licks its paws often. Keep an eye on your dog’s toe pads for severe dryness, cracking or bleeding.
Bring dogs and cats indoors. Just as in summer months when temperatures reach extreme highs, pets should be brought inside during extreme wintertime lows. This applies for daytime and nighttime temperatures, so check your local weather daily and limit your pup or feline’s outside time if the forecast is looking chilly. And remember—if you’re uncomfortable with the outside air temperature, chances are your pet is too.
Bundle them up! When pets do go outside during the cold winter months, those with thinner fur coats may need extra warmth. Your local pet store should have an assortment of extra layers for your dog—even winter boots for pups who need extra paw protection from the cold and ice. Only add layers if your pet can truly benefit. If you’re unsure, ask your veterinarian.
Keep your pet active and out of trouble. During inclement weather when you can’t make it outside with your pup, set aside some extra time during the day to make sure they have some exercise—even 15 minutes of playtime helps. Paying attention to your pup keeps them engaged and happy, and ensures no bad behavior caused by boredom.