With record snowfall, seasonably low temperatures and nasty blinding blizzards affecting the East Coast there are several things you can do to make your pets more comfortable this winter. When temperatures fall below 32 F be especially cautious with small dogs, dogs with thin coats, sick dogs or seniors. Below 20 F dogs can develop hypothermia or frostbite.
Here are 5 tips to keep your dog safe during winter storms
1)In extremely cold weather particularly for short haired dogs get an insulated doggie jacket and keep walks short.
2)Deicing products and salt used on sidewalks and roads are toxic and will burn tender paws. Get your dog booties or a Paw wax product to protect their paws from the harsh elements.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dog Booties might look funny but they can help senior dogs who are unstable on their paws get a stronger more stable footing indoors and out.
3) If you choose to walk your dog without any paw protection, wipe off their paws with a wet rag or a paw cleaning product after a walk. (This prevents them from exposing their mouth to salt or toxic deicing chemicals )
4) If you have a backyard supervise your dog when their outside. A phone call or an email can distract you and in a short time frostbite or hypothermia can set in if they are unattended.
TIP After a walk check between the paw pads to make sure there is no salt stuck inside the pad which can be painful.
Storm Tips For Senior Dogs
For those that have senior dogs or dogs with arthritis issues, pain is amplified during the cold and joint mobility is at its worst. CBD oil will help with inflammation and pain and make winter a lot more tolerable for both pets and their people. Numerous studies have cited the pain-relief benefits of CBD oil for people and a 2018 Cornell University study concluded that CBD Oil administered to dogs was effective in reducing arthritis related pain.