Dry winter air, snow and wind affect pets the same way it affects us and can result in dry, itchy and chapped skin. Also, walkways treated with ice melting chemical, can become downright dangerous if licked off their paws.
Below are some handy tips to keep in mind:
- humidify your home for both you and your pet(s)
- towel dry your pet's coat when coming in from outside (remember to dry off belly :))
- trim excess hair around the pads (preventing ice clumps)
- wash any salt or or ice melting chemical off their paws
- massage petroleum jelly on their pads to prevent chaffing
- consider feeding them a little more to provide extra energy needed to stay warm
- alway provide lots of water to keep them hydrated
- provide them with a warm and comfy place to sleep
- don't leave your pet(s) alone in a cold car
- remember, if it's too cold outside for you, it's probably too cold for them
Now get outside and have a bunch of safe, healthy fun together! You'll both be healthier for it.
"There is no winter without snow, no spring without sunshine, and no happiness without companions." Korean Proverb