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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

5 winter tips for pets | southern ontario pet photographer

Old man winter is taking his time arriving in southern Ontario this season, but I don’t want to be lulled into a false sense of security … the snow will fly at some point! We’ve had a few dustings of the white stuff, and some ice to go along with it, but we’ve gotten off easy so far. So, before we get hit really hard, I thought a post about winter weather tips for pets might be helpful.

Chloe loves the snow. And the rain. And the mud … weather never deters her from wanting to go outside and play ball. But there are a few special considerations all pet owners should take in the colder weather.

1) Use salt on your driveway and walkway that is specially formulated for pets. It’s more expensive, but it’s not harmful if ingested. We recently bought a bag for our house. It’s safe and as you can see, it works really well. And there's a Chloe look-alike on the bag!
After walks, wipe off your dog's legs, paws and belly — neighbours might not be as diligent about pet safety and your dog can ingest salt, antifreeze and other winter chemicals by licking his paws.

2) Did you know more dogs are lost during the winter than any other season? According to the ASPCA, dogs can lose their scent easily and become lost in the snow. So, take precautions!

3) Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. I know, d’uh. But it happens every year.

4) Longer coats provide warmth, so avoid short haircuts in the colder months and make sure your dog is completely dry after bathing before going outside for a walk. Short-hair breeds can be kept snug (and stylish!) with coats and sweaters that cover from the base of the tail to the belly.

5) Give your bestie a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from drafts. Chloe can often be found tucked away on her dog bed, on the couch, or yes, in bed with us (Kitty too – it can get crowded!).
Please feel free to share any winter safety tips you have. Let's keep our pets safe this winter!

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