Winter on the East Coast can be cruel at times and knowing how to properly care for your pets is extremely important. A good rule of thumb is, if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet as well. Most pets stay indoors, except dogs who need their daily walks and potty breaks. Here is a list to help you keep your beloved dogs safe and happy this winter season.
1- Make sure your dog is well hydrated and fed. Because of the cold, your dog burn more calories trying to stay warm.
2- Consider purchasing booties for your dog to help avoid irritation to their paws due to salt. For your own property, make sure to purchase pet friendly ice melts.
3- Keep a dry towel at the door, so that when you return, you can clean off any excess moisture from your dogs paws.
4- Clip the fur between toe pads to reduce the amount of snow that collects between toes.
5- Brush your dog vigorously and regularly. The winter months deplete the moisture from your dogs skin. Brushing improves skin, coat and circulation.
6- Do not leave antifreeze, coolant or windshield wiper fluid within reach. These products and their smells appeal dogs.
7-Keep a winter survival kit in your car. Include blankets, towels, water, bowl, first aid kit, and a sign that dog is in the car.
8- Never, and I repeat never, leave a dog in the car anytime of the year, especially in the cold winter months and summer.
9- Consider purchasing a humidifer, because the cold months cause our home to become very dry, and it is not good for their skin or fur.
10- Use fatty acid supplements during the winter, ideally starting several weeks before cold weather sets in, to help skin and coat.