OK, the days are getting shorter, and the air is definitely getting colder - you know what that means.......for all the pussycat lovers, it's coming up to the best time of year - time to cuddle up indoors, all warm & toasty (and of course, inside is the safest place for kitty, especially in the winter), but for you dog owners, it's time to think about keeping your pet safe and healthy while out braving the elements.
Whether you are going out for a walk, or if you are only going out so your dog can relieve itself, it's best to keep poochie on a leash - if it's dark, snowing, or icy, you want to be able to see and control your dog.
It's important to check & be sure your dog's IDis up to date so if you do get separated, you can be reunited quickly & easily - this means checking to be sure you have updated your phone number(s) & address.
When you go out for a walk with your dog, please be aware that there may be unseen hazards on what looks like a clean sidewalk - salt, ice melt, de-icers - these can be dangerous to your dog's paws and can be dangerous to your dog's health if ingested. When you come in from your walk, don't let your dog lick those paws! Have a bowl of water and a towel by the door so you can gently wipe your dog's paws clean. You may want to think about booties for your dog, to protect those paws from ice & chemicals.
We all know that a dog's fur keeps them warm, but some breeds' fur protects more than others. Some short-haired breeds may need an extra layer to keep them warm - there are certainly some cute and stylish doggie jackets - the main thing is to keep your furry (or not so furry) friend safe & warm while out on those winter walks.
If your dog is active in the winter, check to be sure you are providing a good quality diet - this will help to keep your dog healthy and able to enjoy those winter outings. And keep a bowl of fresh water available for after those walks.
It's great to be able to spend time with our pets, and with a little extra care, wintertime canbe a wonderful time to be outside and active with our dogs. By taking just a few extra precautions before heading out in the winter, you can keep your dog happy and healthy.
When in doubt about what is best for your dog, always check with your veterinarian.
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