Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOOD) — This latest round of winter weather has brought extremely low temperatures to our region. Animal experts are stressing that now is the time to focus on the safety and well-being of our pets.
While it’s fun to play with dogs in the snow, Maggie Latta, with the nonprofit called the Compassionate Spay and Neuter Initiative Program, said it’s best to keep pets indoors during cold, snowy weather. Is.
“Even though we think of our pets, our dogs and cats, that they have thick fur, that they have more insulation than we might have, they still suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in these extremely cold temperatures. Sensitive to things like. Again,” said Lata. “Especially their hands, their paws, their noses, their ears, all those things can get cold really quickly.”
Many salts and chemicals used to melt snow are not safe for pets. To ensure that their paws don’t get irritated, pet owners should clean and sanitize their feet and use shoes made for pets if they can tolerate it.
Nutrition and hydration are always important for pets, but Latta says it’s especially important in the winter months because they spend most of their energy just keeping themselves warm.
“Know your dog’s nutritional needs. Understand that if they spend a lot of time in the cold, they may need some extra calories. Make sure they always have access to clean water that isn’t frozen.