WILD- Lesson 1- Winter Safety


Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws.

To protect dogs when it is cold out follow the basic principles: 

Keep Pets Indoors When Possible

If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for the dog. Don’t allow dogs to be outdoors for long periods of time during very cold weather. Short-coated dogs may need a coat or sweater.

Care for Dog’s Paws

Salt and other chemicals used to melt ice and snow can be very harmful to dog’s paws. Gently rub the bottom of your pet’s paws with a damp towel to remove these irritants after a walk or hike. There are a number of paw protectors and boots that can be used to prevent paw irritation during winter weather. You should also look for signs that the dog’s feet are uncomfortably cold, which could include them frequently lifting up their paws, whining, or stopping.

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