This post is sponsored by GROOM Bathing Tablets.
Let’s face it: winter weather is tough. Whether you’re simply facing colder temperatures or battling with snow and ice, winter is difficult on us all–and that includes our dogs. Here are 10 tips to make sure you and your dog are walking in a winter wonderland that’s safe for your dog!
It’s Cold Out There!
We all want to stay active in the winter but, if the temperature is too cold for us, it’s too cold for our dogs.
That means we need to bundle up and take extra precautions to keep our dogs safe during these winter days.
Protecting your dog’s back and belly with a sweater or coat can help hold in that body heat, just as our own coats do for us.
Dry Skin and Coat
We all know how our skin feels in the winter. Dry. Flaky. Itchy. We put lotion on our skin…but what about our dog’s skin during these winter months when the heater has dried out the air in our homes and the outdoor air further dries out his skin?
Skin and coat care continue throughout the winter months just like they do during the hot summer season. Sure, your dog may not be swimming and drying out his skin during these chilly days–but his skin and coat are definitely challenged by Mother Nature.
GROOM bathing tablets are a great answer for pet parents who are looking for a safe, healthy alternative to pet shampoos that doesn’t dry out their dog’s skin–and one that doesn’t cause adverse reactions because of harmful chemicals.
Protect Your Dog’s Paws
We wouldn’t step outside in the winter without our shoes, so why should our dogs?
Booties not only protect your dog’s paws from cold pavement, ice and snow, but also from dangerous de-icing chemicals.
Avoid De-Icing Salt
Avoid salted areas (and all de-icing chemicals). If your dog does walk through chemically-treated areas without booties protecting his paws, be sure to wash his paws thoroughly. You don’t want your dog to lick the salt from his paws.
Eyes Out for Antifreeze
Antifreeze is extremely toxic to dogs-and, unfortunately, also very appealing due to its sweet taste. Watch for puddles of antifreeze and steer your dog clear!
Trim Between Toes
The fur between your dog’s toes can hold painful balls of ice as well as de-icing chemicals. Keep paw fur trimmed short to make cleanup easy.
When you return home from a winter dog walk, take a moment to check between your dog’s toes for balls of ice and snow.
Don’t Get Lost
A blanket of snow on the ground makes it tougher for dogs to find their way by scent. Keep your dog on leash or invest in a GPS tracker so that you can track your dog with your smartphone.
Watch for Frostbite
Freezing temperatures puts extremities at risk; areas like unprotected ear tips are especially vulnerable. Limit the time your dog is outside in freezing temperatures and watch for white or blue skin.
Moisturize Paw Pads
As with our own skin, your dog’s paw pads become dry and can crack due to winter weather. Be sure to moisturize your dog’s paw pads to prevent painful cracking.
Head off Hypothermia
A drop in your dog’s core temperature means dangerous hypothermia.
Senior dogs, dogs with short coats, and very young puppies are especially susceptible. If you suspect your dog may have hypothermia, call your veterinarian.
Avoid Winter Allergens
In some parts of the country–like our home base in Austin, Texas–winter means allergen season. For us, it’s cedar pollen.
Your dog comes home from a winter dog walk covered in allergens–one that he then sheds on your furniture and on you.
Help avoid winter allergens by continuing your dog’s grooming schedule. A quick bath with GROOM Bathing Tablets, whether that’s a paw wash or an all-over bath, helps remove allergens, dust mites, pollen, and mold. Not only will you help your dog avoid itchy skin–everyone in your house who suffers from seasonal allergies will thank you, too!