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Learn how to protect your pets from the elements.
Winter isn’t easy for anyone. It takes a lot of strength and patience to get through the season unscathed.
For our pets, winter can be exceptionally difficult. Dogs and cats don’t have the luxury of grabbing a winter jacket or drinking hot chocolate when they’re feeling a little chilly. That's why it’s your job to protect your pet(s) when winter gets rough.
Keep your four-legged friend cozy and happy this winter with these simple survival tips.
Bring ‘em inside.
No pet should be left outside during the winter. Period. If you have an outside dog—or you have a cat that likes to hang out on the porch—bring them inside! Not even the toughest dogs and cats can survive below-freezing temperatures. Once you have them inside, give them a place to relax that isn’t a cold hardwood floor.
Dry them off.
Snow can stick to your pet’s fur like Velcro! Small dogs, like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers, will have icicles hanging from their hair as soon as you let them out in the snow.
The icicles might look cute, but they’re very uncomfortable for your pet. This winter, when your pet comes inside from a potty break, don’t wait for the snow and ice to melt on its own. Dry them off as soon as they get inside. Your pet will be grateful for you and that warm towel you have for them, and you’ll be thankful that you don’t have to clean up a wet floor later on.
Wipe their paws.
Snow and ice can hurt your pup's paws. Say you let Buster outside in the snow for a little too long. He could end up walking on rock salt or another form of deicer and irritate his paws. Or he could start to lick the deicer off of his paws and get sick. Your dog’s cute little paws are worth protecting. To protect Buster’s pads this winter, make sure to:
- Wipe off his paws with a warm cloth as soon as he gets inside.
- Steer him away from ice melt as much as you can.
- Invest in some dog booties, and see if he likes them.
Limit their time outdoors.
Dogs love snow. Quite a bit. They’ll sniff around, run around, and jump around until they tucker themselves out. Try to curtail the amount of time they spend out in the snow by keeping them on a leash or chain. If you don’t, your dog might wander to your neighbor’s house and step on ice melt. Or end up in the street because the snow is the same level as the road.
Use a safer ice melt.
At this point, you've heard a lot of talk about ice melt and whether or not it can be pet-friendly. Our best advice: proceed with caution. Do all the research you can on pet-friendly ice melt. And don't use rock salt around your pet. Rock salt is sharp and extremely toxic to pets and other animals.
To make your decision a little easier, here's a link to Green Gobbler's Pet-Safe Ice Melt. Green Gobbler's product has been shown to be less toxic, less corrosive, and less irritating for pets. If you're searching for a pet-friendly ice melt this winter, try this first.