We’re all familiar with winterizing our homes & vehicles as the cold weather starts to approach, but have you considered the necessary steps & precautions to take for your dog? The brisk winter weather, coupled with a series of joyous holidays can take it’s toll on your dogs health & well-being. Here are a few steps to take to ensure your dog has a wonderfulwinter season.
Nail Care- Your dog’s nails should be just shy of touching the ground when walking. If you hear that clickidy-clack sound of her nails walking down the hall, it’s time for a mani. Consult your vet to ensure you know the proper angle and depth to cut so as not to cut the quick. Long nails on slippery surfaces can get caught andhung up on debris. Go military style and keep ‘em high and tight.
Pad Care- For those of you who experience lots of snow and ice, you’re probably used to rock salt and chemical ice-melters. While these products do help save your back from the shovel, they can wreak havoc on your dog’s pads. Consider rubbing a little petroleum jelly (vasoline) on his paws prior to taking that walk along citysidewalks, street, and driveways that have been exposed to these harsh elements.
Also trim the excess hair from in between your dogs paws. These hairs act as magnets for mini-snowballs (little dingle-bells) and other foreign objects causing irritation and general annoyance.
Exposure to the Elements- While we all love a little winter wonder, playing in the snow, throwing ice-balls at our neighbors, but it’s important to watch your dog’s core temperature during outdoor romping. If you have an outdoor dog, ensurethat your shelter is faced away from a draft and place a barrier between the ground and your dog. Consider a Nomad Pad, or even cut carpet to lift the dog up from the permafrost layer. Dogs with short or course hair are more susceptible to wind chill and possible frostbite, so consider a vest or fleece-type pullover for those extremely bitter nights.
Holiday Hazards- During the holidays we love to deck the halls with garland, beautiful ornaments, and perhaps even a little mistletoe for a quick smooch session. Be careful, plants like Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettias are poisonous to dogs, so remove them from areas where your dog might be enticed to take a nibble. Further, if you have a younger or overlycurious pup, consider moving your delicate ornaments up beyond their reach if decorating a tree. Note that to many puppies, the bright shiny round ornament may look like her favorite throw toy. So drop the garland and grab a Gripple!
From our pack to yours, we wish you the happiest of Winter Seasons.