Winter weather safety tips for pets

January 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

bigstock-Dogue-De-Bordeaux-dressed-with-25892036-300The Denver Dog reports

With winter comes harsh, cold weather. While the weather in Colorado is very unpredictable and can change daily; it is a guarantee that we will have days of extreme cold weather. We would like to share with our readers some tips on keeping your pets safe this winter.

Minimize the amount of time your dog is outside

Use common sense when allowing your dog to be outside during harsh weather conditions. Your dog does still need to use the bathroom so they will need to be outside at times throughout the day. Let your dog use the bathroom but then let them immediately come inside when they are finished. Some breeds of dogs such as Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes can tolerate the cold weather and even enjoy being outside in the cold. It is still important to keep an eye on them and let them come inside when they are ready.

Protect your dog with winter weather gear

For the times that your dog has to go outside, using winter weather gear such as coats, boots, and sweaters can help keep them warm. If you are looking for a durable, weather resistant coat we recommend Mountain Mutt Dog Coats. Visit to order.

Protect your dog’s paws

Placing boots on your dog’s feet can help prevent frostbite. Another danger to your dog’s paws is the salt that many people use on their driveways to help melt snow. You should wipe down your dog’s feet if they come in contact with this salt as they might lick their feet and it will irritate their mouth.

Avoid antifreeze poisoning

Antifreeze is a deadly poison that can cause kidney failure if ingested by pets. Keep all antifreeze out of reach of pets and be certain to wipe up any spills. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, seek veterinary care immediately.