This winter, the country is experiencing bone-chilling temperatures and will continue to see below freezing numbers and stormy weather in the weeks ahead. It is imperative that one not only takes the necessary precautions for themselves, but also their pets.
Here are some tips for taking care of pets in cold weather from Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the premier doggy daycare and overnight camp with 150 locations across the country.
1) Never let your dog off the leash in snow or ice. Although it may seem like a fun option to let your pup frolick in the snow, it can prove to be extremely dangerous. Dogs tend to lose their sense of smell in extremely cold weather and become lost. Believe it or not, winter has the highest rates for lost dogs!
2) Thoroughly wipe down your dog when he comes back into the house after being in the snow. It is common for dogs to ingest salts for melting ice as well as anti-freeze, which can prove to be very toxic.
3) Similar to how you should never leave your dog in the car during the summer, the same goes for the winter; a car can act almost like a freezer in the winter, trapping heat outside and causing your pet to freeze to death.
4) Fresh water is a must at all times, as your dog may be more likely to lick ice and eat snow if he/she is thirsty from lack of water. Similar to the above point, it is common for dogs to ingest snow-melting-salts and antifreeze.