Caution in the Cold.
If your dog is frequently lifting up his paws, crying or stopping while out on his walk, there’s a chance he’s trying to tell you his pads are cold. Check to make sure he didn’t step in salt or other ice-melting agents used on the streets as these chemicals can be very irritating to his pads.
One of the most common winter hazards to pets? Antifreeze, a sweet smelling poison that attracts pets. Check your garage and driveway for any spills, and beware of parking lots and your neighborhood streets. Cat litter or sand absorbs the fluid and will prevent pets from eating it.
Check Your Pet
Check your dog’s nails and pads carefully; snow can hide sharp objects that can cause an injury, and pads can become discolored from the cold, appearing red, grey or white with some peeling due to frostbite. Thaw your dog’s pads slowly by applying warm, moist towels until the area becomes flushed.
Exercise Good Choices
Use common sense: In extreme conditions, such as record low temperatures or a blizzard, keep your pet’s outdoor time to a minimum.
Otherwise, a brisk walk and some playtime make for a happy, healthy pet.
So, until your next outing, head back to the couch and soak up the warmth of the crackling fire…and your four-legged, furry companion curled up beside you.
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