Sunday, January 24, 2016

Prepare Your Pet for the Winter Storms

With the major winter storms, it is important to make sure your pet is protected.  It is not just the fear of hypothermia to worry about, but also chapped paws and itchy skin caused by cold, snow and rain. Remember if it is too cold for you it is too cold for your pet.  

Here are some things to think about:
  •  Keep your home humidified.
  • Never shave down your dog in winter and consider a coat or sweater for short haired dogs.
  • Be sure to wash and dry paws after walks to remove ice, salt and snow melt chemicals. Wearing booties and/or applying petroleum jelly to paws can help too.
  • Do not bathe your pet too often in winter; as it may remove essential oils and cause dry skin.
  • Pet’s burn extra calories when exposed to the cold, so feed them accordingly.
  • Provide a warm spot to rest, away from cold drafts and consider adding a cozy blanket.
  • During the cold winter months, do not leave your pet unattended outdoors (or in a parked car), pets can become disoriented and get lost.
 Adding Ask Ariel’s Amazing Omegas for Pets to your pet’s diet can help battle cold-induced dry, flakey, itchy skin.