Its that time of the year and the bone-chilling winds are blowing all over the place. Matter of fact, we have the icy streets filled with snowy ice. Winter is on the way. The question becomes, are you prepared for the adverse conditions and how will you take care of your dog?
The extreme cold presents a major challenge for you and your dog. We all know that our canine friends are very sensitive to temperatures. If during the summer, your car feels like an oven, you can imagine how it feels during the winter. It definitely feels like a freezer. It might even cause hypothermia.
According to experts, it’s much advisable to keep the dog indoors in times of extremely cold weather. It’s the best thing you can do to your dog. On the same note, we’ve come up with several tips that can help you in your endeavor to keep your dog safe.
Pet Emergency Kit
This emergency kits will go a long way in helping your dog to stay secure and warm. The kit comes in handy during extreme weather conditions.
Some of the items contained in the emergency kit are highlighted below. The items below will help you and your pet during the cold weather:
- Insulated Vest
- Heated pad or bed
- Pet-safe ice melt
- Paw Wax
- Paw booties
If you need to identify your pet during the extreme cold weather, here are some of the items you’ll need:
- A photo of your pet.
- Medical and vaccination records.
- Pet tag with your phone number.
- Veterinary contact details.
During the extreme cold, you will have to transport your pet from one location to another. Some of the items that you need include:
- Sturdy harness
- Non-retractable leash
During the cold weather, there are certain foods that you’ll need. They include:
- Portable water bowls and food.
- The feeding routine list.
- Manual can opener.
- Bottled water.
- 1 week supply of food.
In the cold season, there are some general care tips that we recommend for you to keep in mind. They include:
- Tick And fleas preventative care.
- You’ll need a calming spray.
- Pet waste bag.
- A first aid kit for your pet.
- Some puppy pads.
- Litter box and scoop.
The Dangers That Come During The Icy Season
Whenever you see an Instagram or Facebook post showing delighted puppies in the snow, think twice. There’s no doubt that winter can be a wonderland, but the question is, are you willing to expose your dog to such extreme conditions and why?
There are many problems that result from such exposure. For those people who are living in such areas, make sure that you rinse the dog’s belly and paws after walking them. The idea is to help prevent the accidental ingestion of chemicals and skin irritation. If you’re going to use an ice-melting product, make sure that it is pet-safe.
Protecting Your Dogs Paws
If your dog has prolonged periods in which it has contact with the frozen surfaces, it can easily get harmed. This can even lead to frostbite. The good thing is that we have a lot of products that can help you in preventing the adverse effects of such conditions.
You can protect your dog’s paws by using: paw wax, socks, petroleum jelly, and booties. The booties work very well at insulating and protecting your dog from sharp, icy objects, and chemicals. However, if your dog will not tolerate booties, try using wax or petroleum jelly. This should be applied before you walk the dog.