Here in Northern Kentucky, temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits this week. There isn’t any snow on the ground (yet) but it’s cold. Brutally cold. While we may know how to keep ourselves safe and warm during the winter, have you taken time to consider the dangers the season may pose for man’s best friend? According to recent article at AKC.org, dog owners need to take special care of their animals this time of year. Below, we’ve shared a list of tips from the American Kennel Club for keeping your little buddy (or girl) “healthy and happy” this winter.
- Avoid de-icers such as rock salt when taking your dog for a walk. These materials can hurt your dog’s paw pads and it could be toxic if he ingests it. Be sure to rinse and dry your dog’s paws when you get home.
- Trim the hair between your dog’s toes to prevent ice balls from forming there. Snow and ice can cause cuts and cracked pads. The AKC recommends rubbing a small amount of petroleum jelly on the paw pads before going for a walk to help repel snow.
- Never leave your dog alone in the car on cold days. If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your dog.
- Avoid spilled antifreeze in driveways. Antifreeze smells and tastes good to dogs, but it is lethal. Make the switch to pet-friendly antifreeze, which contains a much less toxic chemical and has an unpleasant taste to animals.
- If you have a hairless or smooth-coated breed, consider putting a sweater or jacket on your companion before going outside.
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