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Winter Tips For Your Dog

  • Watch where your dog plays

    Although your dog is likely having a great time outdoors, take frequent indoor breaks for water and warming and don’t ever stay out too long. If you’re walking or playing in unfamiliar areas, keep your dog close. It’s easy for her to venture onto unsafe surfaces such as frozen ponds or lakes. These may be covered in snow and not easily visible.

  • Avoid exposure to toxins

    With winter comes antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet and dogs (as well as some children!) will readily lick or drink it. Antifreeze is extremely toxic and just a small amount can be fatal. Keep your dog out of the garage and off the driveway where they may encounter antifreeze or other harmful chemicals.

  • Special care for seniors

    Cold weather will often aggravate existing medical conditions in dogs, particularly arthritis. It’s very important to maintain an exercise regimen with your arthritic dog, but be mindful of slippery surfaces. If you don’t already give your senior dog a natural joint supplement to lubricate the joints and ease the discomfort of arthritis, you may want to consider adding one in winter.

  • Clean Your Dog’s Feet

    Just as we tend to develop foot cracks in winter, dogs can also suffer from cracked pads. Winter salt on roads and pavements can also burn your dog’s pads and is toxic, so after walks, rinse or wipe your dog’s paws to remove any salt – you don’t want them licking it off. If your dog shows signs of discomfort when walking outside on frozen or salted surfaces, consider using dog booties to protect their paws.

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