Snow Safety Tips for Dogs

Friday, January 20, 2017

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Ahh winter.  Some of us love it and some of us hate it.  Either way if you live in an area where it snows in the Winter than it's inevitable that you and your fur kids will have to deal with it.  Keeping that in mind, here are some tips for snow safety and dogs.

1.  Salt Hurts.
When salting your sidewalk, driveway, and walkway make sure you look for a pet-friendly salt.  Salt can burn your pooch's poor paws and if it's toxic and gets stuck in their fur, they can lick it out and get sick.  So make sure you opt for a pet-friendly salt brand and I assure you there are plenty of them out there.  I use Safe Paws for my dogs.

2. It's COLD on their Feet!!
If it's freezing cold outside but you just have to take your dog for a walk and you wonder why they don't like it, perhaps YOU should stand outside in YOUR barefeet! So if possible allow your pet to stand in the grass rather than the cold concrete sidewalk. And if your dog lets you put little snow booties on him, then more power to ya!

3. Meal Time is Important.
If your dog loves the snow it's not hard to notice they can expend all their energy running around in it so before they head outside make sure they've had a decent meal.  I like Blue Buffalo Healthy Starts for my gang! It's a complete balanced meal packed with protein to give them the energy they'll be needing outdoors! Plus it's full of minerals to boost their immune system.

4.  They Can Still Get Dehydrated in the Cold.
Even though we tend to think of dehydration in the summer, you still need just as much water in the Winter and the same goes for your pooch. Make sure he has plenty of water available before and after snow play time!

5. Brush that Snow Off!
Snow and ice can get caked onto their fur and in between their toes so make sure you check them all over upon entering the house and be sure to brush them off and get them dry.  No one likes the feeling of being wet and cold!

Does your dog love the snow or do they prefer to watch it from INSIDE the house?

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