Cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. There are things you can do to keep your pet warm and safe. When temperatures dip into the single digits, we need to take the proper precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our pets. Below are some winter pet care tips from a New England dog.
Pets that go outside can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. To keep Gracie’s pads from getting chapped and raw, we wipe her feet with a washcloth when she comes inside. This also keeps her from licking the salt off her feet, which could cause an inflammation of her digestive tract.
Keep your pets inside as much as you can when the mercury drops. If you have to take them out, stay outside with them. We join Gracie outside every day. When we are cold enough to go inside, we know she probably is too.
Did you know that pets lose most of their body heat from the pads of their feet, their ears, and their respiratory tract?
The best way to guard your animals against the cold is keeping a close eye on them to make sure they’re comfortable. We keep an eye on Gracie’s ears. They tend to “sting” when she’s exposed to the cold New England wind for a long period of time. We know this because she starts to shake her head more frequently than usual. We really need to invest in some doggie earmuffs for our outdoor winter excursions.
Pets, unfortunately, are attracted to antifreeze by its sweet taste. It can be fatal if ingested, so keep all anti-freeze bottles out of your pet’s reach. Also be sure to clean up any spills in your garage or driveway immediately. If your cat or dog should swallow anti-freeze or any poison contact your veterinarian immediately.
We hope all our furry friends in New England and beyond stay warm and safe this winter season. Don’t forget to share photos of your pets enjoying the snow this year. Email us anytime at Tammi@GraciesBark.org. We will be sure to share them on our pet friendly website.