02.19.15 Cold Weather Pet Tips

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Know the limits:  Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet’s temperature limits, consult your veterinarian.

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws.

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To protect your pooch’s paws against injuries that result from stepping on foreign objects or scorching hot pavement, try the all-weather Muttluks Dog Boots Itty Bitty/XXSmall Color: Yellow All Weather Size: XXSmall, which feature waterproof fabric and salt- and heat-resistant leather soles to protect your dog’s pads as well as soft knit cuffs that can be pulled up or folded down.

In the winter months, you can guard against dog paw injuries from snow, ice, salt and chemical de-icers with Muttluks Hott Doggers Dog Boots Muttluks Hott Doggers Dog Boots Itty Bitty/XXSmall Color: Red Size: XXSmall, which have tough leather soles and are lined in fleece to keep your dog’s tootsies warm.

If your dog refuses to wear boots, you can apply a paw wax such asMusher’s Secret All Natural Paw Wax 60 g, which acts like a boot by forming a dense, breathable barrier on your dog’s paws.

It’s also a good idea to apply a paw pad balm such as Pal Dog Soothing Balm to moisturize your dog’s foot pads and help soothe and heal cracked, dry pads, cuts and hot spots.

Keep our 4 PAW Family safe!

Thank you ~ Catnoir!