We have our snow shovels out, and pet safe ice melt ready to go!
Did you know regular ice melt can contain ingredients that are potentially harmful to your dogs paws and can be poisonous if ingested? So if possible, it's better to do a little research and try to find an ice melt that is non-toxic to pets. Regular ice melt contains ingredients that can dry out your dogs paws and potentially cause them to dry out and bleed. If you are taking your dog for a walk on salted sidewalks, it is recommended that you wipe down a dogs paws after the walk or have them wear booties to protect their paws.
In preparing for the snow storm here's a few other tips for pet owners:
- Bring animals indoors, if for some reason you have an outdoor animal, try to make a spot where it can safely weather out the storm in a mud room, garage, basement, or spare bathroom.
- Don't leave animals unattended outside in the snow, even with the property fenced in. You never know how something might shift with the wind and snow, and an animal could potentially try to climb a mound or stack that is not stable.
- Even if your dog has a thick coat, keep an eye on how long they stay outside. Better to let them out for multiple short(er) play times than one long one where they might get too cold and possibly sick.
- Especially for smaller dogs, but larger ones too: shovel paths for the animals to walk and "do there business". Small dogs can easily get buried in large snow drifts, and clumps of snow/ice between the toes of all sized dogs can be very discomforting, some dogs will limp due to the awkward feeling.
- Before letting your dogs run around in the snow, check that they are snow ready! Check the length of their claws, and make sure they are not too long. A long toe claw could potentially get stuck on something buried in the snow, or just caught on icy snow itself and leave the dog with a broken toe. OUCH!
- If you dog is young, old, small, lean, short coated, or possibly non of the above, make sure they have a jacket ready so they don't risk getting sick out in the cold. Not all dogs were meant for cold snowy weather, and sometimes, yes, the dog needs a sweater! When your dog comes in from play time in white, make sure you dry them off with a towel so they don't catch a chill.
- Hot snacks! After snow play time, have some fun with your dog and give them extra treats, unseasoned cooked chicken or turkey can be an extra special snack to help warm them up.