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Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe During The Winter Storm

Brrrr... it's cold outside and with the impeding winter storm it’s important to make sure that you and your dog are prepared! The following tips will help protect your pup in winter weather.

Brrr... it's cold outside and with the impeding winter storm it’s important to make sure that you and your dog are prepared! The following tips will help protect your pup in winter weather.

  • Dogs can easily lose their scent in the snow, so never let your dog off leash during a snowstorm, or when there’s snow and ice on the ground.
  • Wipe your dogs paws AND stomach when he’s been outside in the snow or sleet. Sidewalks are often treated with rock salt, antifreeze and other dangerous chemicals. Not only are these bad for your pet’s paws, but if ingested these chemicals could poison your dog. Make sure your pet does not lick his paws or stomach before you’ve wiped them down!
  • Protect your pup from the elements. If your dog typically has a longer coat don’t shave it down for the winter. A longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog has a short coat get him a coat or a sweater. It will make the outdoors more enjoyable for him and will protect him from the cold.
  • Don’t leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather. The car can act like a refrigerator and could cause your dog to freeze to death.
  • If your dog spends a lot of time outside, playing, running or going for long walks, make sure he’s getting enough protein. You want to ensure that his coat it in excellent condition so he stays nice and warm when he’s frolicking in the snow!
  • Make sure your dog has a warm place to sleep away from a door or any drafts. If your dog likes to burrow consider putting a blanket on his bed as well.
  • Lastly, if your dog likes to play in the snow, go ahead and join him! There’s probably nothing that he’d like better than to have his best friend (YOU) play fetch in the snow or just run around with him!

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Diana February 20, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Most dog owners are irresponsible. Just look around and you will see dog crap everywhere.
Matthew February 20, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Be careful about using words like "most" without some kind of figure to back that up. And there isn't "dog crap everywhere", so please stop with that. It's the city. Of course the sidewalks won't be clean enough to eat off of.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 20, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I believe in keeping dogs safe....readily-available food supply when the collapse happens.
S. E. March 09, 2013 at 02:54 AM
How about keeping your dog out of the city.
dan March 16, 2013 at 04:53 PM
When a dog lives in your home, you actually live in his kennel. Nasty!

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