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Winter Weather Safety Tips Every Pet Should Know

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winter weather safety tips every pet parent should know

Winter weather is coming soon, as seasons change. Your dog’s winter weather safety should be top of mind! Below are a few ways to keep your dog safe and warm during the cold winter months: 

Keep your dog warm 

Just because your dog has fur, doesn’t mean they are warm!. If you are cold, there is a good possibility your dog is cold, too. Dogs are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite, just like humans. Ears, paws, noses, and tails can suffer permanent damage if frozen, therefore, it is important to keep dogs predominantly inside during extreme cold weather spells. Dogs should not be allowed to go outside except for short potty breaks. They should also be kept indoors where supervision is possible and they are kept warm. If your dog seems to be suffering from frostbite, you can wrap them in blankets and take them to a warm area. 

Stay Dry 

Wet clothes are not something anyone likes. Wet fur in cold temperatures can quickly become frozen fur and this will make your dog very cold! Keeping your dog’s fur dry when temperatures drop is key to keeping them free of frostbite and illness. If you plan to play in the snow with your pup, keep extra towels on hand to dry them off once play time in the snow has come to an end. 

Frequently Check Paws for Scratches, Scrapes and Ice Buildup 

Frequently check your dog’s paws for signs of cold-weather injuries such as crack or bleeding paw pads. Icy walkways can be slippery and do not allow your dog to maintain any traction. Salt thrown on the ground to create traction and reduce slipping may be harmful to your dog’s paws. To relieve your pup of any discomfort caused by ice buildup or salt from the sidewalk, check their paws and cleanse with a warm towel once they come inside. Trimming the fur between your pup’s paws will alleviate the buildup of snow and make your dog more comfortable during outdoor winter walks. 

Take note of winter chemicals 

In winter, chemicals are not permitted., such as antifreeze, may be more commonly found around the house. Antifreeze is dangerous to dogs as it has a sweet odor and taste, but when ingested, it is toxic and will wreak havoc on kidneys. All spillages should be removed immediately. Store antifreeze and other toxic liquids in a safe location out of your pup’s reach. Antifreeze coolant made from propylene glycol should be used if possible. This antifreeze coolant is less toxic than traditional antifreeze made from ethylene glycol. 

Winter Car Safety 

It can be dangerous to leave your dog in a car in summer, but it is also possible for your dog to get hurt if you do so in winter. The temperature can drop quickly and cause your dog to experience hypothermia. Cars can retain the cold similarly to a refrigerator, so before you want to take your pup with you to run a few errands, consider warming up the car prior to leaving home and never leave them in a cold car while unattended. 

As the temperature drops during the cold winter months, keeping your dog indoors will be the best advice toward maintaining your dog’s health while during cooler weather. Worried your dog won’t get enough exerice? Take them to an indoor dog daycare at Dogtopia! Our climate-controlled indoor playrooms are always the perfect temperature, no matter the weather outside. Your dog will spend hours playing and socializing with other dogs and our caring and trained team. And you’ll love being able to check in on your pup with our live webcams. To find a Dogtopia near you before winter fully sets in, click here! 

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