As the winter months are upon us, it is important to consider a few tips to keep our pets warm and healthy. Whether they have short or long hair, the lower temperature could put them at risk for frostbite or hypothermia.
1. Paw Protection: Wear shoes for dogs or other pets when going outside. The extra protection on their feet keeps them warmer, but it also protects them against salts, antifreeze, or de-icers. Many cars use antifreeze, which is also known as coolants, during the winter to keep the engine from freezing. Antifreeze spills are dangerous for pets. These chemicals are toxic, so avoid exposing your pets to these. If you live in a cold area, there are pet-safe de-icers.
Be sure to wipe off their paws before they go inside to rid of residual cold moisture and debris. The furry friends love licking their paws and you would not want them to consume the salts, antifreeze, or de-icers.