Winter Preparation Tips for Happy Dogs

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It’s that time again! Temperatures are falling, the hot cider is flowing, and you’ve already heard enough holiday music to last you the year. With the changing weather it’s also time to protect your pup from the snow and ice. Here are a few winter preparation tips to get you started:

  • Keep walks short! Although some breeds fare well in winter, many dogs are sensitive to low temperatures. Spend time playing inside to give your pup some much-needed exercise.
  • Use pet-friendly ice melter. Traditional rock salt can cause issues if it gets lodged between a dog’s soft pads. A rock salt crystal will dissolve, drying out the pads of the paw and potentially causing skin irritation of varying degrees. If your dog has a tendency to eat anything in sight, pet-friendly melter is also non-toxic if consumed.
  • Wash paws after walks. It’s possible that not everyone in your neighborhood will be using pet-friendly ice melter, so make sure to wipe your dog’s paws down after walks to remove any possible residue if you choose not to equip your dogs with boots.
  • Boots and Coats. A winter coat will help keep your pup warm on walks, and boots protect the sensitive pads of their feet from snow and frost.  Make sure to use boots that have appropriate traction grips on the bottom.
  • Fish Oil. The cold, dry weather can cause your dog’s skin to dry out and flake.  Consider adding salmon oil to your dog’s food in the winter to keep their skin and natural coat smooth and healthy.

Any winter tips of your own? Let us know in the comments!

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