Oh, my paws! SNOW! We awoke Monday morning to see five inches of beautiful snow! Forever playtime today with my human in the snow. Winter poses several dangers for pets, which sometimes humans don’t remember.
WOOFS! If it is too cold outside for you, it’s pawbably too cold for your pet. Paws, yes, we have winter coats of various colors, sizes, wavy, curly, fluffy, foofy, and poofyness, but we still get cold. Pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, injured, or even disoriented from being left outdoors in the cold weather. Barks! Noah is from southern North Carolina and hadn’t seen much snow nor cold weather until he came here. Dad saw him shivering in his first winter while he supervised Dad’s shoveling the driveway. Barkingly, he took Noah inside, but it wasn’t long before he got a handsome winter coat to wear. Keep your pets inside whenever the temperatures get pawsitively super cold. Barkingly, do not leave your dog in the car while shopping. The car can act as a refrigerator retaining cold. It’s best to leave your dog home when going out, especially in winter storms. Before starting your car in the winter months, paws, make noise upon approach, and look under the vehicle for any cats curled up under a vehicle to get warm.
Woofingly, a product commonly used by humans is anti-freeze. Though it’s great for vehicles, it is dangerous for pets. Its sweet smell is a lure to taste, but its ingredients can be deadly to pets. BARKS, though I have been told, there are anti-freeze products available that are not as dangerous to pets. Barkingly, I’d prefer to take safety precautions to be sure. If you use it, be certain to clean up spills immediately. Paws, I hang out with Dad all the time, but he leaves me indoors when using antifreeze. Cats like to prowl around finding what they can and could easily sneak under a vehicle getting into any spilled antifreeze. Symptoms of antifreeze poisoning are your pet may appear confused, vomiting, depression, increased thirst and urination, sores appearing in the mouth, and lethargy. Should you suspect any poisoning, contact the veterinarian immediately or the 24/7 Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. Their website is https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/.
Paws, never shave your pet’s fur to the skin in the winter months. Longer coats provide warmth. Barkingly, if your dog is long-haired, more than loving classical music, that is, trim the hair enough to minimize ice, salt crystals, and de-icing chemicals irritating their skin. Don’t neglect the hairs between their toes. Paws, avoid bathing your pet as often during the cold months. Bathing can remove essential oils from the pet’s fur. If you must bathe, ask your veterinarian about moisturizing shampoos.
Pawing about walking, a danger for dogs is the chemicals many humans use to de-ice roads, driveways, and sidewalks. These chemicals can be toxic and pawssibly fatal if ingested. As you walk, keep an eye out for them and rock salt. If you can’t avoid an area treated with chemicals, stop and wipe clean your dog’s paws, legs, and chest after getting past them. Carrying a towel with you is a great way to wipe off any chemicals. This helps avoid problems later. Once home, do a thorough cleaning for ice and chemicals. Woof.
The extra work to keep warm, especially after being outside, makes me a bit hungrier in the colder months. Woofs, a little extra food in the bowls will help keep the energy up. Paws, make sure they have pawlenty of water too.
Noah, Samson, and I have our dog/cat beds, blankets, and pillows which provide us a pawlace to keep warm. We are off the floor, so we aren’t bothered by drafts. We ask our humans to supply us with good shows on TV, good books or magazines to read, some favorite delicious treats, and water to enjoy warming up! Woofs!
BARKS! Never let your dog off-leash during a snow storm. Dogs can lose their scent in the winter and become lost. More dogs get lost in the winter than in any other season. Keep your dog leashed and make pawsitively certain ID tags, collars, and microchips are up-to-date.
Keeping these tips in mind will help keep the winter weather safer.
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