This article was provided with permission of the Public Education Department of The American Kennel CLub
“Winterize” Your Dog
Cold weather brings its own safety and health concerns for both people and dogs. As a responsible dog owner, it is important to pay attention to your dog’s well-being during the winter. Remember the following precautions to help keep your pet comfortable, healthy and safe all season.
Provide Plenty of Fresh Water
Provide Plenty of Food
Keep Your Dog’s Paws Dry
Groom Your Dog Regularly
Keep Your Dog Warm, Dry and Away From Drafts
Watch Out for Winter Hazards
Ice and Snow: Be extra careful when walking or playing with your dog outside. Your dog could slip or jump in a frozen lake, river or pond and get seriously injured. Snow can muffle scents, and your dog can easily get lost.
Carbon Monoxide: Don’t leave your dog alone in a car. It gets too cold, and carbon monoxide from an engine left running is dangerous.
Antifreeze: Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, antifreeze is highly poisonous and can be lethal.
HAVE YOU “WINTERIZED” YOUR DOG?