Winter dog safety tips

Winter doesn’t just bring driving hazards. It can also be hazardous for people and pets. Want winter to be a safe season? Here are some tips on how to keep winter enjoyable for you and your dogs. 

Double check ice/snow melt products

When you buy ice melt make sure you find products that are pet friendly. Many of the ice and snow melt products can contain ingredients that can irritate or harm your dog’s paws. If you’re ever unsure about the ice melt being used in an area, walk your dog off the main path when you can.

Keep the antifreeze out of reach

Antifreeze has a sweet scent and taste, but it is extremely poisonous to most animals. Thoroughly clean up any antifreeze spills and keep the bottle somewhere where pets cannot access it.

Take a look at your pet’s paws

Exposure to extreme cold and wet surfaces can cause your dog’s paw pads to crack. Pay attention to the condition of their paws. If you’re concerned, you can protect their paws with a barrier paw ointment to defend from the cold. 

Keep your dog hydrated

When it’s cold outside, we can have a false sense of security about our hydration. We’re not sweating or hot as we are in the summer when it’s easy to remember to drink enough water. Make sure your dog has access to enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day. 

Limit time outside (depending on your dog)

Many types of dogs thrive in cold weather. This is not true for all dogs. Investigate your dog’s breed and their coat to know how they will cope with the winter weather. Some dogs will want to spend all day in the snow, other dogs will need to come inside often to get warm and dry. Even if your dog is built for the winter weather, make sure they have an easily accessible shelter that is dry and comfortable for them.  

Avoid winter hazards like bodies of water and low visibility

If you walk your dog near any bodies of water, be extra careful in the winter months. Frozen water can break and even if your dog isn’t submerged, it’s not safe for them to be wet in low temperatures. 

Snowfall and time changing can make visibility limited in the winter. When you’re out with your dog make sure you and your dog have reflective gear on (coat, collar, harness). This helps others see your dog. Also, if your dog gets lost or separated from you, the reflective gear will make them easier to find.

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