Icy, arctic winter weather is approaching and just like humans, dogs are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Here are some precautions to take to keep your furry friends safe and warm!
1. Reduce Walk Times
Shorten your dog's walk time during inclement weather. We recommend clearing out a small spot in front of your home in advance for a quick and easily accessible "potty patch." Pets are individuals. They do not experience cold temperatures the same due to physical differences. Dogs with thick, long, and double-layered coats may tolerate icy weather conditions better than others, but they are still at risk. Short-haired animals have less protective coats. Small canines have bellies and legs that are closer to snow cover. These pets feel extreme conditions faster. Senior dogs may have issues walking in icy conditions.
2. Recognize Signs of Hypothermia
Watch for any problems when pets are outside. If your dog is shaking, whining, anxious, shivering, or weak take them inside immediately. These are signs of hypothermia. To determine your pet's cold-tolerance levels, speak with a qualified veterinarian.
3. Bundle Up Your Pet for Warmth
Keep your pets warm during the winter by dressing them in sweaters or coats. Shielding them from the cold is important, especially if they have low-level, winter-weather tolerance. Ensure your dog's feet are dry. Use booties to protect their paws from ice, snow, and salt.
4. Winter Weather Paw Care
After walks in icy weather, always examine pet paws. Check if pets have cracked, injured, or bleeding pads that can make it difficult for them to walk. During the winter, keep the furs between dog's paws clipped short to prevent ice and snow accumulation between the crevices. Pure coconut oil, is safe and soothing for dry, cracked paws. And again, we highly recommend some form of booties for your pup!
5. Keep Emergency Supplies on Hand
Severe, winter weather can make it difficult to make it to the pet store. Make sure that you are prepared by keeping a week's supply of food, treats, busy toys, water and any medication.
~ FERAL CAT COLONIES ~
Don't forget about your furry outdoor feline friends! If you are a Feral Feline host please be sure to supply them with extra blankets, bedding or hay for them to safely burrow in, inside of a closed off wind proof shelter.