If you’re like me, your pets are your children and you want them to be safe, healthy, and comfortable. With winter (unfortunately) fast approaching and the predictions of a very cold winter this year, I wanted to share some of the ASPCA’s best tips for protecting your pets in the months to come.
- Repeatedly going from the cold air to the dry heat in the house can cause flaky, itchy skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as they come inside. Be sure to pay special attention to the feet and remove any snowballs stuck to their pads or between the toes.
- You want to avoid bathing as much as possible in the cold months. However, you should wash your dogs feet and stomach after going for walks to remove ice, salt, and chemicals. Use pet friendly ice melts whenever possible.
- Massaging your pets paws with petroleum jelly or other paw protectants can help protect from salt and chemical agents.
- Pets burn extra energy when trying to stay warm. Feeding them a little extra will provide them with much needed calories, and making sure they have plenty of water will keep them well hydrated and keep their skin moisturized. Also, make sure your companion has a warm place to sleep away from drafty doors and windows. A soft pet bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Keep them safe and warm inside and never leave them in a cold car. Cars can get dangerously hot in the summer and can act like refrigerators in the winter. For more information visit aspca.org