Cold Weather Safety
Winter has officially arrived here in Sheboygan County! Winter can be rough not only for humans, but for your furry friend. Between the drop in temperature, snow and ice, it’s no wonder we all want to cozy up by the fire in the winter season. Keep your pooch safe this time of year, read below for our top tips and safety advice:
Keep Your Home Warm and Humidified:
The ASPCA warns that repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat inside can cause itchy, irritated, flaking skin. Be sure to keep your home humidified to prevent this! You can purchase a humidifier online or in stores.
Have a Towel Handy:
No one likes the wetness of winter! Towel dry your pet as soon as they come in from outside. Double check that paws and foot pads are snow-free and dry! If it’s not too chilly and your furry friend demands a walk, bring a towel with you. During your walk, make it a habit to check on your dog’s paws, belly and legs and give them a quick towel dry. The ASPCA recommends after each walk to wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
Protect those Precious Paws:
With winter comes salt and chemical agents on sidewalks and roads. These can cause discomfort and irritation on paws and paw pads. Booties to keep your furry friend protected from these elements is always a good idea. If your dog won’t tolerate booties, try applying and massaging petroleum jelly or pet paw protection wax to all four paws before heading outside.
Watch the Temperature:
Be sure to keep potty breaks and walks short and sweet when necessary. Between the dropped temperatures and ice and snow, there is no need for your dog to be outside for extended periods of time. According to PetMD, colder temperatures shouldn’t present a problem for dogs until they drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Once temps fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, smaller dogs, thin coated dogs, very young or old dogs or sick dogs should be closely supervised. Once temperatures drop under 20 degrees Fahrenheit, all dog owners should be vigilant and aware that their pooch could potentially develop health issues related to cold weather including hypothermia and frostbite.