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Winter Weather Safety Tips For Your Pets!

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January 25, 2021

By Team Pet and Home Care

As we prepare for more winter weather in the coming weeks, it’s important to be aware of the potential hazards it could present for your furry friends! Follow these tips to ensure the safety of your pets this winter.

Salt safety

After a walk, make sure to wipe paws to prevent chemical burns. Booties are the best way to prevent exposure to chemicals and the cold. However, not every dog will be too keen on a cute pair of booties, so try rubbing petroleum jelly on their paws to protect against salt burns. If you salt your sidewalk or driveway, make sure to use one that’s pet friendly.

Outdoor cats and dogs

Make sure they have a way to get in and out of the house easily. Supervise your pet when outside and keep them inside as much as possible. Pets left outdoors in the winter can become too cold, and become disoriented and lost. If you need extra care during the winter months, walks and daycare are the best way to keep your pup active with safe outdoor time, supervised by our local pet care experts. 

Dress your dog appropriately 

Puppies, senior dogs, and sick dogs are more sensitive than others to cold temperatures. Make sure that if you have a puppy, senior dog or a pet with a compromised immune system stays in a warm, dry environment, otherwise, you may expose them to hypothermia, frostbite, or worse. 

Skip the haircut!!

Dogs need their coats to stay warm in the winter so avoid major haircuts in favor of a small trim to prevent snow or ice from clinging to fur. Never shave your pet to the skin during the winter! If your pup is naturally on the less-than-fluffy side, consider opting for a dog coat or sweater to keep them warm and toasty. 

Keep your dog hydrated

It’s important to make sure your dog always has access to water, but extra hydration is essential in winter for preventing dry skin. Try to give fewer baths, as frequent bathing can also contribute to drying out your dog’s skin. If you must bathe them, ask your vet or Pet and Home Care groomer about moisturizing shampoos. 

Here’s our golden rule: If it’s too cold for you, it’s most likely too cold for them too! Be careful and conscious of your pets’ wellbeing during the winter months to prevent any hazards or injury. Please feel free to inquire about our many services including overnight pet sitting, dog training, and adventure walks. Contact us at (301) PET-CARE or visit our website at https://petandhomecare.com

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