Even though winter is almost over we are about to enter the snowiest time of the year.
- If you’re cold they’re cold. Many people believe pets have a thick coat and they don’t get cold like we do, this is not true. Pets are just as susceptible to frostbite as we are and close attention should be paid when out on walks for any signs of shivering or holding paws up. Jackets and boots are out there in a variety of sizes for your furry friend to help keep them cozy.
- After those cold walks outside or even just outside to potty it is important to wipe down their paws and belly to remove any excess moisture that can trap that cold. Wiping their feet also removes any salt residue they may have picked up or any hiding snowballs in between the toes.
- Anti-freeze is a common chemical in the winter months and it is important to clean up any spills you may notice. Propylene glycol is the new common ingredient in antifreeze which is less toxic to pets and wildlife, where as older antifreeze contains ethylene glycol is toxic to pets. Road salt and sidewalk salt can also cause issues with your pet if they ingest a large amount of it (wipe those paws off!).
- Skiing injuries. Up here in the mountains we love everything outdoors no matter the time of year, cue in skiing. Many of us bring our pets skiing as it is good exercise for us and them in these long winter months but ski injuries can be very serious for dogs. The sharp edges of the skis can cut through skin and tendons in a second if your dog is in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is best practice to leave Fido at home or bring them on mellow snowshoeing days instead!
Submitted by Roxanne O’Connell