Winterize Your Pets

 
Photo Credit: Liz Bradley

Photo Credit: Liz Bradley

 

Not to jinx it or anything but so far, we have had a very mild and pleasant winter here in Ontario.

However, who knows what's awaiting our pooches' tiny paws just around the corner?

In case temps decide to dip a couple times before we get to welcome spring, it is important to consider how low temperatures affect your pets. The following tips will keep your pets safe when the temperature drops.

Keep pets inside

Young pets, old pets and short-haired pets are particularly vulnerable to cold weather and should not be left outside unsupervised.

Chemicals burn

Ice-melting chemicals and salt can irritate and burn the pads of your pet’s paws. Thoroughly wipe off your pet’s paws once it has returned inside.

Trim the pawpads

Clip the long hair on the bottom of your dog’s feet to prevent build up of ice balls that can be painful and difficult to remove.

Trim the nails

It is difficult to maintain solid footing with long nails in icy conditions.

 
Photo Credit: Liz Bradley

Photo Credit: Liz Bradley

Antifreeze kills

Thoroughly clean up any spills and store household chemicals out of your pet’s reach. Consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

Bang on the hood

Make some noise on the hood of your car before starting the engine. Cats and wildlife may seek warmth and climb into the engine.

Give them a warm bed

Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep. All pets, including small caged pets need to be kept warm and away from drafts.

Call the vet if things are not right

Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has frostbite or hypothermia.

Things are certainly different this winter. In fact, temperatures hit close to 15 degrees on December 24, 2015. Best Christmas gift ever for little doggies who are not big fans of the cold weather.  BUTTONNOSES Social Committee decided to take the festivities to the park for one more romp around before the Holidays. See for yourselves: