Oh boy, it's COLD outside!! I know if it's too cold for me, it's too cold for my fur-babies!
According to Dr. Stacia Volbrecht, emergency room director of the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, one of the most common cold-weather emergencies the center sees is
irritated dog paw pads caused by the salt sprinkled on icy sidewalks.
all salt used by property owners is safe for pets. If a dog holds up one foot, hops
around on its paws, or switches feet while standing on the sidewalk, it
could be dealing with irritation. When the dog comes inside from a
walk, they may also lick their paws and the skin in between their paw
pads may appear red.
It's not a bad idea to put booties on dogs
when they go out and wipe off paws with a clean, wet cloth once they
come back inside the home.
While it's rare for animals to come in with frostbite, it is possible. During
the winter, dogs should not be left alone outside. When the weather is
below zero, limit outdoor activity for pets to short leash
walks to relieve themselves. Dogs can also go to doggy day care for
When outdoors, young, sick, short haired dogs,
and older pets should wear a sweater or coat to keep warm while thick,
heavy fur breeds such as huskies and collies would be OK without them..
The other main thing to watch out for is making sure
pets don't have access to anti-freeze which is often left in the garage
during the winter and is toxic to pets, she said.
Here's some more tips from the Animal Rescue Foundation at this link:
ARF | Resources & Links | Caring for Pets | Top 10 Cold-Weather Pet Tips
Keep your pets Safe and Warm this winter!!