That chill in the air means it’s time to bundle up. But don’t forget to help your pets deal with the cooler temps. Here are seven ways to help your pets in winter - share your other tips in the comments!
- Keep cats and dogs indoors. If they must be outside for a period of time, ensure that they have a warm, dry place to hang out and access to water (you may need to use a heated dish!).
- Clear a path in the snow/ice and use a pet-friendly, no-salt ice melt such as Morton 7834 Safe-T-Pet Snow & Ice Melt, 8-Pound Jug .
- Keep your dog on a short leash and stay out just long enough for the dogs to relieve themselves.
- Remove snow and ice from the paws and fur after walks/playing outside.
- Check warm spots on cars, such as hoods, where animals might seek shelter from the cold.
- Be sure pets are wearing identification tags and proper outerwear as needed.
- Protect short haired or sensitive dogs during walks by using coats and boots. (or something like Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protector Wax, 7-Ounce , which protects pads)
And here’s a bonus tip for my fellow humans: great doggie DIY idea for winter!