Dr. Scott McKay with DrsFosterSmith.com 


Topics Include:

  • Frostbite: What are the signs of frostbite and what should I do if I suspect my pet has frostbite?
  • Paw Care: How do I take care of my dog’s feet in the cold?
  • Nutritional modifications that help during cold weather.
  • Extra Layers: Should I dress my dog for cold weather? 
  • Exercise: Is it ever too cold to take my dog for a walk? If so, how do I exercise exercise my dog indoors?
  • Hypothermia: Is there a danger of hypothermia for dogs, and how cold is too cold for outdoor dogs?

Very helpful and informative video ... big thanks to DrsFosterSmith.com!



Edited to add: 

~ Don't forget to keep an eye out for antifreeze—many dogs love the taste of this lethal liquid. Do not allow your dog to lick any liquids when outside, or in the garage ... because it may have antifreeze in it. Also, make sure to rinse-off  your dog's paws, legs, & belly after a walk, in case they walked in any antifreeze (or got road salt on them) ... if they lick their paws afterward they can be poisoned.  If your dog ingests even a small amount of antifreeze, take him to the vet immediately.

~ If you have a small breed, puppy or a short-hair breed ... invest in a coat or sweater that covers your doggie  to the base of his tail and under his belly (many do not). Booties are a paw-saver, too!

~ For rough, dry or cracked paw pads, try Mushers Secret or PETfection Paw Cream.  These are great products for paw care.

~ Puppies, short-haired dogs, and cats should be brought inside when the temp falls below 40F, all other pets when it is 20F or colder. For those pets that are kept outdoors, make sure to check their water bowl frequently and break the ice , if necessary, so that they have access to clean, fresh water.

~ Don't forget to slap-the-hood! Cats, and other critters, are attracted by the warm car engine and may curl-up under your car hood to take a nap.  Make sure to slap the hood of your car before starting it, so as to awaken any critters that may be hidden in there.

~ Lastly, do not let your doggies run off-leash in an unfenced area. The heavy snowfall can obliterate familiar scents and dogs can become disoriented and easily lost.

Hope you are enjoying the Winter Wonderland! =o)

date Tuesday, December 28, 2010

1 comments to “Cold Weather Tips ...”

  1. New England Pet Hospice
    December 29, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Thanks so much for posting this! I think it is very helpful.

    - Heather
    Founder and Team Leader
    New England Pet Hospice

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