Winter Weather Safety Tips for Dogs

    Babe it's cold outside. Yes it is. If you think it's cold outside so does your dog. Leaving your dog outside for long periods of time and not cleaning their paws upon return can lead to hypothermia and frost bite.This safety guide will help keep your pet safe during the cold winter weather. 

    Below is a a safety guide to help keep your furry friend warm, and safe this winter. 

    We can't stress enough that 

    Leaving your dog outside for long periods of time and not cleaning their paws upon return can lead to hypothermia and frost bite


    9 Safety Tips for your Dog during the Cold Weather


    Keep them on a Leash - Dogs can lose their scent and become lost.

    Don't Shave Them - If you must shave, don't shave to close to the skin. Their hair provides warmth.  If your dog is long-haired, try trimming their hair to prevent ice balls. If your dog is short-haired, consider a coat or sweater when they go outside to help keep them warm.

    Leave them Home - Don't take them to run errands with you. Leaving them in the car is like leaving them in a refrigerator.

    Limit Outdoor Playtime - Know your dog. Some can tolerate the cold better than others. However, to much outdoor playtime can lead to hypothermia and frost bite on their paws.

    Booties/Petroleum Jelly - If booties are not an option. Some dogs refuse to wear them although they are the best to prevent frost bite and any salt, chemicals or other irritants from hurting their paws. Massaging petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents.

    Wipe Them Down - Upon return from their outdoor activities, wipe their paws, legs and stomach. they can ingest salt, and other winter chemicals. Salt and other chemicals used can get on their paws, legs and belly. Wipe them down with a damp towel before your pet licks herself. Additionally , it will warm them up faster.

    Warm Sleeping Spot - It's important to make sure their sleep space is draft free.

    Check Your Car - Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.

    Skip the Bath - Bathing removes essential oils to keep their skin from becoming dry and flaky.  If a bath is necessary, use moisturizing shampoo/conditioner.

    Now that you have a checklist, go and enjoy the outdoors safely with your furry friend.  They do love to catch the falling snow.