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‘Tis the season to break out the puffy coats for not only yourself, but your furry family members as well! Some areas do not experience freezing temperatures, but for those that do it is important to do what you can to keep everyone warm, healthy and safe in the coming months. To keep little snoots from chapping, skin from flaking and paw pads from cracking, here are 5 tips on to keep your pets comfortable and safe during winter:
1. If it’s too cold for you, it’s likely too cold for them too!
There isn’t any shame in staying indoors when temperatures are freezing and below. To ensure the safety of you and your pet, it is recommended that any time spent outdoors when the temperatures drop is limited.
So, what do you do?! Winter is a perfect time to spend time together and bond. Keep your pet entertained with various puzzles and games you can both enjoy such as puzzle feeders and toys like KONGs. There is also no better time than winter to learn a new trick! To further strengthen your bond we recommend listening to our Human Animal Bond album, available in our SD, CD and Download formats at https://icalmpet.com/product/human-animal-bond-music/
Human-Animal Bond is sensory enrichment for dogs and their people, when you’re all home together. This rich tapestry of sound facilitates a state of awakened awareness in people – leading to creativity and/or productivity – while simultaneously providing a canine relaxation response in your dog. Herein, sophisticated sound therapy meets canine behavioral training. The music has the tone, tempo, and patterns necessary to gently stimulate the human brain while keeping two- and four-legged heart rates in a relaxed state.
The most important thing is to make sure that your pet has a warm place to sleep that is off the floor and away from drafts. This may be as simple as a warm blanket or as luxurious as an orthopedic self heating bed.
2. Don’t mind cold walks? Keep paws from cracking by keeping them protected and clean!
Some of us don’t mind a brisk walk with our furry companion, but you should bring a towel with you on your walk. While you can truck through the snow and ice in snowboots, boots are not something that furry friends usually tolerate. During your walk make sure to wipe off any ice build up that may be trapped between their toes with your towel. It is our job to help protect their paws from any damage that is caused by ice or salt. To help protect paw pads from salt and chemicals you can also apply petroleum jelly to your furry friends feet to help protect them. Keep them pain and irritation free by checking paw pads for cracks or redness between their toes before and after your walks.
3. Itchy? It’s not fleas, what could it be?
We all know how dry our skin can get from going in and out of the cold, same goes for our pets! Avoid the itch and flaky skin by adding a humidifier to your home to decrease skin irritation for your whole family. In addition to a humidifier there is no better time to add a supplement for skin and coat to your pup/kitty’s diet, since they can’t use moisturizers like the rest of us.
4. The Spa Treatment
While we all love a good trip to the spa, winter isn’t necessarily the best time to pamper your pooch. It is beneficial to their skin and coat if baths are minimal in the colder months. Too frequent baths will remove necessary oils from their skin and coat and increase the chance of dry, flaky skin. If a trip to the spa is necessary be sure to use moisturizing shampoo that is recommended by your veterinarian. It is also critical for your pet to keep their coat, which means no shave downs! The most important thing you can do is keep them trimmed and brushed to make sure there is no ice, salt or de-icing chemicals clinging to their fur that could further dry out their skin.
5. Safety first
If you add any antifreeze to your car where your pet can access it, be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills and tighten all bottle caps. Antifreeze is lethal to both dogs and cats, so pet parents should take extra precautions while using this chemical.
In addition to antifreeze, cold weather chemicals like ice melts can also be dangerous to your furry friend when ingested, so always be mindful and keep out of reach from curious snoots.
If you think your pet may have ingested antifreeze or another potential toxin, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-(888)-426-4435 immediately.
Another extremely important matter of safety is to not ever let your pet roam free during a snow or ice storm. Animals can lose their scent in the snow and easily get lost. It is also very important to make sure that all ID tags and microchips are up to date with all the appropriate information just in case your pet does become lost.
Be sure to keep these tips in mind for while things are chilly to keep your 2 and 4 legged family members safe, healthy and cozy!
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