Cold Weather Tips
Did you know that more dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season? That’s because they can lose their scent in snow and ice, or panic in a snowstorm and run away. Always be sure to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
If your dog is a short-haired breed or getting on in years, keep her toasty in cold weather with a warm coat or sweater. Make sure it covers from her neck to the base of her tail, as well as her chest. We recommend leaving the hair in a longer style in the winter.
Puppies in particular are more sensitive to cold than older dogs, so you may want to papertrain your puppy inside. And if you have an ill or elderly dog, or a breed that cannot tolerate low temperatures, take her outdoors only long enough to relieve herself. If your pet enjoys increased outdoor activities, she’ll need more nutritional fuel, so you may need to increase her food intake.
And when your dog comes in out of inclement weather, thoroughly wipe her legs and stomach and always check her pawpads. Encrusted snow and ice may cause them to bleed. You’ll also want to wipe off any salt and other chemicals used to melt ice. These can hurt your dog if she ingests them while licking her paws.
And antifreeze, while essential to a car’s cooling system, may be very dangerous to your pets if they are exposed to it. Be sure to clean up any spills from your vehicle immediately, and consider switching to a propylene glycol-based anti-freeze like Prestone Low Tox, which provides an added margin of safety for pets and wildlife. If you suspect poisoning, call your veterinarian as soon as possible.
In the USA call The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour emergency hotline at (888) 426-4435. There will be a $45 charge to your credit card per case.