Six Ways Dog Owners Can Prepare for Cold Weather
Article Posted By: Bre Eggert of Average But Inspired.
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The cold weather winter brings is hard on humans, even with down coats, winter hats, and insulated boots. Imagine how hard it is for our furry best friends! Thankfully, Green Gobbler offers products that dog owners can use to prepare for winter, which will help both you and Fido be happy, safe, and comfortable all season long.
Remember That Dogs Get Cold, Too
Because dogs are covered in hair or fur, you may think that they can always tolerate cold temperatures. This is not true. Dogs get cold, just like humans, and can suffer from cold-induced conditions like hypothermia and frostbite.
When the temperature dips below 45 degrees, keep your dog’s comfort in mind. Consider having your dog wear a sweater or jacket for daily walks, especially if it is a smaller breed or fine-hair breed, and limit time outside when the temps drop below freezing.
Keep Slippery Surfaces Safe
Once the temperature falls, outdoor surfaces like steps, sidewalks, and driveways ice over quickly in the winter. If you’ve ever slipped and fallen on ice, you know that it hurts! Just because dogs have four legs doesn’t mean they can’t slip too, so make sure to safely melt and/or prevent ice formation with Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt.
Made of magnesium chloride, Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt melts ice in even extremely cold temperatures up to -10 degrees Fahrenheit! Just sprinkle it on and let it get to work. Any icy patches will quickly melt, and you don’t have to worry about Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt damaging concrete, asphalt, pavers, or plants because it’s non-corrosive.
Protect Dog Paws
You’ll be able to walk confidently knowing that your dog’s paws are protected, too, because Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt does not harm dog paws like ordinary rock salt does. Rock salt can burn and irritate dog paws and make it almost impossible for them to walk.
Last winter my husband took our dog for a walk at night and couldn’t see that he was walking our dog through a section of rock salt on the road. My poor dog was in so much pain that he was crying and couldn’t walk. My husband had to hold him until I could drive to pick them up. If you’ve ever seen this happen to a dog, you don’t want to ever see it again.
Their paws are so sensitive, so Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt is a must-have for keeping your dog’s, and other dogs’, paws safe in the winter.
Skip the Dog Booties
And if you’re thinking “why not just put dog booties on?” then you must not have ever tried to put dog booties on. Dog boots are basically a joke, made for human amusement. (Don’t believe us? Make sure to check out our video linked at the bottom of this post for a good laugh!)
No matter which style you purchase, they’re almost impossible to get on dog paws. And if you’re successful in getting them on, good luck getting them to stay on. They will either fall off, or your dog will manage to get them off -most likely ruining them in the process.
Save yourself the headache and your dog the humiliation and skip the dog booties. Melt snow and ice safely with Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt and you won’t regret it.
Don’t Let Your Dog Suffer From an Upset Stomach
Now that I’ve filled you in on the harm that traditional rock salt can do to dogs’ paws, I have to tell you that it can also cause severe gastrointestinal distress in dogs, too! Don’t let this happen to your dog. Neither one of you will enjoy it -trust me.
Thankfully, Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt will not cause an upset stomach or any other gastrointestinal issues. Whether a dog happens to mistake a few Green Gobbler pellets as a snack or get some in its paws and lick them clean after their walk, your dog won’t be harmed.
Keep Your Floors Clean
Even though it won’t cause an upset stomach, to minimize the chance that your dog ingests Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt, it’s also a good idea to keep your home’s floors clean, too.
Place boot trays near the exterior doors to the home and always have people remove shoes before coming into the house. Any Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt pellets stuck to shoes will fall off in the tray and not on your floors.
It’s also a great idea to sweep or vacuum floors daily in the winter. This will remove any errant pellets from your flooring regularly. Unlike traditional rock salt, Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt will not leave residue on floors, so even if you miss a day of vacuuming, your floors will be safe!
It’s easy to see that many winter-related problems for dogs can be avoided with proper preparations and smart purchasing decisions. Swapping rock salt for Green Gobbler Pet-Safe Ice Melt will help immensely with keeping you and your dog healthy and happy this winter.