Our first big winter storm of the season has come and gone, so we wanted to take a moment to talk about some cold-weather considerations to keep our pups happy and healthy as we navigate the harsh upcoming months! Follow along to read about our top 3 topics that will keep you prepared and our pups comfortable for our crazy winter cold weather here in New England!
Protecting our pups from harsh ice melts is another thing we have to worry about here in New England. Not only do ice melts cause serious side effects if ingested, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and all the way up to seizures, but they can also cause sensitive paws to become irritated and cracked. Some things we can do to keep our pups safe is to be vigilant and not allow them to eat snow or slush that may have been treated with ice melt. When they come inside, be sure to wipe their paws clean, as some dogs have a tendency to want to lick their paws and this could lead to them ingesting the dangerous ingredients. Another thing to consider is investing in a pair of doggie boots if you find yourself unable to avoid walking in salted areas. While some dogs will be tolerant of the boots, it is best to do a slow introduction to ensure your dog enjoys wearing them and feels comfortable walking. If your dog isn’t a fan of the sensation of wearing boots, or you are running short on time to do a proper boot introduction, they make paw wax (we love the Musher’s Secret brand) to protect sensitive paw pads from all kinds of harsh surfaces including ice, salt, sand and even hot pavement.
Although not all dogs need a coat for the cooler temperatures, there are plenty of thin-coated type dogs who are much happier in one! Additionally, low-rider dogs whose bellies may touch the snow could benefit from having a little barrier between them and the elements. Older dogs who may have once been fine in the cooler weather, sometimes have trouble regulating their body temperatures as they age and may need a coat to be more comfortable too!
Now that it is cold there are some people who will stop giving their dogs their flea-and-tick meds until the warm weather comes back around, however, we still need to treat our pups for these pests during the winter. Fleas can survive temperatures as low as the mid 30s (F) and are masters of hunkering down in the warmest places, which can include your pet’s skin, in order to survive those harsher winter months. Ticks are also hardy pests and don’t just die after the first frost. While we may see less of them because certain varieties are less active, they still are looking for a host to attach to during those winter days where it is above the freezing mark.
We hope you found something helpful in this week’s blog! Let us know below what things you do to keep your pup’s comfortable and enjoying the winter weather!
Angela lives on the Northshore, with her goldendoodle – Daisy. She loves studying everything dog related, from trick training to canine enrichment!