Tips for keeping your dogs safe throughout the winter
ATLANTA, GA — With the forecasted winter weather this Sunday, many people are making arrangements to keep their human family members safe and warm, but they should also consider their pet family members.
The Humane Society of the United States provided recommendations on how to prepare one's pet for anticipated winter storms, including wind gusts, snow, and ice.
This means not shaving pets to give them more fur for warmth and restricting showers, which can dry out their skin.
Many pet owners are unaware that snowmelt can irritate a pet's skin and induce vomiting if they lick it off too much. That's why the Humane Society of the United States advises cleansing a dog's tummy and paws every time they enter. According to a Humane Society spokesman, pet owners should wipe between each paw pad.
It's harsh on their feet when they walk on it, and it can get stuck in their footpads. It can also be harmful to them Diane Robinson expressed her thoughts.
Snowmelt can create chemical burns on animals' feet, according to Diane Robinson, program manager for disaster response at the Humane Society of the United States. Pet owners can safeguard their animals by purchasing pet-friendly snowmelt.
It's commonly found wherever the snow melts. All of your home improvement stores are familiar to you: Lowe's, Home Depot, and hardware stores that sell those types of goods," Robinson explained.
Another suggestion is to keep one's pet hydrated when they come inside. Pet owners should also provide a warm sleeping area for their pets that is off the ground and away from drafts.
He is wearing a sweater." He enjoys wearing his sweaters Bre'Anna Brown expressed her thoughts.
In the cold weather, Bre'Anna Brown makes sure her 6-year-old dog Taz keeps comfortable.
When I grab his sweater, he gets all happy because I'm going to keep him warm, says the narrator "Brown remarked. "In case he's wet or whatever, I take care to properly dry him off.
This is a wise attitude to pursue, according to Robinson, even if the dog is enjoying the winter weather.
There are certain dogs who will enjoy playing in the snow as much as certain people do, so remember that they can go out and have a wonderful time and play, but you don't want them to be out exposed for too long and get too wet. Robinson remarked.
The Humane Society advises that pets be kept inside when the temperature drops below 35 degrees. If they must remain outside, pet owners should make sure they are in an enclosure with a material-blocked entrance to keep drafts out.
Instead of blankets, towels, and other cotton things, use the straw to create an enclosure that will keep them off the ground if they do have to be outside. Robinson said. It'll block the snow from falling on them.
Coming in from the cold and into a warm, dry environment can cause itchiness and flake on a pet's skin. Pet parents are advised to have a humidifier in their home and run it until the humidity level is between 35 and 45 percent.
More cold weather suggestions from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals can be found here.