Cold Weather Saftey Tips
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 downright
dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare
paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s
health, please heed the following advice from our experts:
- Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home
can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry
your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his
feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his
- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat
will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him
to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals
that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his
toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater
with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the
tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
- Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws.
After each walk, 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.
- Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing
too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing
dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend
a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
- Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before
going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties
provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting
lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice
melts whenever possible.
- Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be
sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider
using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
- Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding
your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide
much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink
will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
- Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the
floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket
or pillow is perfect.
- Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too
cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets
can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In
addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather,
as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals
to freeze to death.
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Noah's Ark Animal Foundation's Doggone Good Cookbook is here!
These cookbooks make excellent gifts for
all your animal-loving friends and family! Cookbooks can
be purchased at the shelter Tuesday through Friday from 1:00–5:00, and
Saturday from 10:00-4:00. You can also order cookbooks
from us and have them delivered directly to your door. Cookbooks are $15.00
each, plus shipping and handling. Your purchase of our Doggone
Good Cookbook makes it possible for us to continue our work.
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