WASHINGTON — Winter has made its way to the DMV, and when preparing for the chill you want to make sure everyone in your family is okay — including your pets.
When exposed to winter’s dry, cold air and freezing rain, sleet and snow, pets can develop cracked paws and itchy, shiny skin. Winter walks can even be dangerous if snowmelt chemicals are licked off with bare paws.
Here are some tips American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) To help prevent cold weather hazards from affecting your pet’s health:
- Keep your home humid and towel dry your pet as soon as they come inside. Pay special attention to their feet and between their toes. Remove any snow balls from between the pads of their feet.
- Never shave your dog in winter., will provide more warmth as a long coat. If your dog has long hair, simply provide a trim to minimize the sticking of the snowballs. For short-haired dogs, consider getting a coat or sweater with a high collar or a turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
- Bring a towel on long walks to wipe away irritated skin. After each run, Wash and dry your pet’s feet and belly. To remove ice, salt and chemicals — and check for cracks in the paw pads or redness between the toes.
- Bathe your pet sparingly during cold spells. Frequent washing can strip away essential oils and increase the chances of dry, flaky skin.
- to massage Petroleum jelly Or other paw protectors in paw pads before going outside can help protect against salt and chemical agents. Booties Provide even more coverage.
- Like coolant, antifreeze is a deadly poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol.
- Pets burn extra energy trying to stay warm in the winter. Feed your pet a little more during the cold weather months Can provide much needed calories. Also, making sure they drink plenty of water will help keep them well hydrated and keep skin less dry.
- Make sure your furry friend has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
- Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pets, so keep your animals inside. If left outside, pets can freeze, get lost, get lost, stolen, injured or killed. Also, don’t leave pets alone in a car during winter, as cars can act as refrigerators that freeze in the cold and cause animal death.
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