We are having some crazy cold weather with temp dipping down below zero before it warms back up. I always worry about BB going outside when its that cold. I keep saying I need to buy him little booties for his feet so he doesn’t get frostbite.
I came across these doggy safety tips from Heidi Ganahl, from Camp Bow Wow. I like her tips and think its so important to do what you can to keep your furry friend safe during the crazy cold temperatures.
1) Never let your dog off the leash in snow or ice. Although it may seem like a fun option to let your pup frolick in the snow, it can prove to be extremely dangerous. Dogs tend to lose their sense of smell in extremely cold weather and become lost. Believe it or not, winter has the highest rates for lost dogs!
2) Thoroughly wipe down your dog when he comes back into the house after being in the snow. It is common for dogs to ingest salts for melting ice as well as anti-freeze, which can prove to be very toxic.
3) Similar to how you should never leave your dog in the car during the summer, the same goes for the winter; a car can act almost like a freezer in the winter, trapping heat outside and causing your pet to freeze to death.
4) Fresh water is a must at all times, as your dog may be more likely to lick ice and eat snow if he/she is thirsty from lack of water. Similar to the above point, it is common for dogs to ingest snow-melting-salts and antifreeze.
I know I am looking forward to Spring and warmer temps so that BB can join us on hikes and car rides. Those are two of his favorite things and doesn’t get to enjoy them during the cold winter months.
Do you have any tips for keeping your doggy safe during the winter?