3 Winter Safety Tips to Keep Your Pup Warm This Winter
As pet parents, we know how important it is to you to keep your pup safe. With cold and snowy weather, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to keep your pup warm and safe during these conditions. That is why your friends at The Dog Stop want to share our favorite 3 winter safety tips to keep your pup warm this winter.
Keep Your Pup Warm This Winter By…
1. Protecting Their Paws
With lots of snow and icy conditions, comes a lot of salt on the sidewalks and roads. This salt can cause a chemical burn on your dog’s paw pads, so it is important to wipe and dry your dog’s paws after walks. You can also use a paw balm which contains organic Beeswax acting as a natural barrier between your pup’s paws and the snow. Another way to help protect your dog’s paws during the winter is to find them a pair of dog booties that will protect them from the ice and snow.
2. Protecting Their Bodies
Just like humans, your dog’s body can be sensitive to the harsh winter weather. The cold winter air can dry your dog’s skin, ears, and nose! The best way to protect your dog from the cold air is to watch their exposure to the cold. If it is too cold for you outside, then it is also too cold for your dog. Therefore, you may want to shorten your walks and time outdoors so that your dog does not suffer from frostbite.
Just like us, dogs can suffer from frostbite on their ears and tails, so you must keep an eye out for any signs of frostbite or discomfort! If your dog is comfortable wearing winter attire, you can opt for a dog winter jacket or harness to help keep them warm during walks. When your walk is over, we recommend using pet wipes so that you can any toxic salt, antifreeze, or other chemicals that your dog may have picked up along the way.
Aside from taking action to protect them outside, you can also help their skin indoors! If you’re worried about helping your dog regain some moisture, you can use coconut oil as a natural moisturizer to keep your pet’s skin moisturized during the winter months. We also know that many pet parents opt for at-home baths which can be difficult to perform during the winter months since your dog cannot dry outside. Therefore, we recommend using a waterless shampoo or making a grooming appointment to receive a professional bath and dry.
3. Protecting Them from Heaters
Our next tip to keep your pup warm this winter is to be mindful of your dog’s proximity to vents and space heaters. Although they keep you and your family warm during the winter, they are too warm for your dog to be snuggling up next to. Our advice is to keep a watchful eye on how close your dog is to any heating device so that they avoid burns or injury.
How The Dog Stop Can Help You and Your Pup This Winter
At The Dog Stop, we care about your dog as if it were our own. We strive to provide you with the most up-to-date information regarding all your dog care needs. When it comes to helping you this winter, our locations have a variety of retail products to help make keeping your dog safe and warm easy. From pet wipes, paw balms, winter jackets, and even pet booties, The Dog Stop covers all your needs.
If you are worried about your dog getting enough exercise this winter, we also offer dog daycare and leash walks to help make your day-to-day easier. For more information on how to keep your dog safe this winter or about our services, check out your local stop.