Winter here isn’t so much about snow as it is about cold and ice. Here are a few safety tips for keeping your pet healthy and comfortable this winter.
Keep up with grooming. While you don’t want to shave long-haired dogs, you do want to keep the coat and paws trimmed to minimize clinging ice balls, de-icing chemicals, and salt crystals.
Dry off after being outside. Remove ice, moisture, and other debris from your pet with a towel after every walk or outdoor excursion. Pay special attention to paws and between toes.
Beware antifreeze. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
Plenty of water. Hydration is just as important in the cold months as it is in the warmer months. Pets need several unfrozen sources of water.
Bring them indoors. When it’s too wet and cold outside for you, it’s likely too wet and cold for your pet as well.
If you have any further questions or need assistance preparing your pet for winter, give us a call at 503-360-9695.