Winter may be nearly over, but portions of the Midwest and Southwest United States are still experiencing late-winter snowstorms, ice storms and even a recent rare “bomb cyclone.” Although inclement winter weather often makes our lives more difficult with road closures, power outages and dangerous driving conditions, most pups just can’t get enough of playing in the snow. Before heading out for a snowball fight with Fido, check out these three tips for preparing your dogs to play in the snow:
- Protect Your Pup’s Paws
First and foremost, don’t forget to protect your pup’s paws from the icy terrain! When a pup’s paws are exposed to winter weather, they can quickly become dry and chapped, resulting in sensitive and flaking skin. Consider getting durable dog boots to protect his paws!
- Don’t Let Fido Eat Snow
There’s another reason why you should consider getting dog boots for your pup: chemicals in snow. Snow often absorbs dangerous chemicals from common pollutants like antifreeze, and if your pup ingests those poisons, it could cause severe illness or even death. Make sure to watch Fido closely while he’s frolicking through the snow!
- Know When to Go Back Inside
Just like people, dogs are also capable of getting hypothermia, too. Always take preventative measures by dressing your dog in a coat or sweater, which will keep your dog warm and allow him to play in the snow longer. However, it’s important to know when to call it quits and head indoors, as winter clothing can only keep your pup warm for so long!
We hope you have a fun (and safe) time playing in the snow with your pup! If you live in the Denver, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Phoenix or Atlanta metro areas, call us at (877) 930-POOP to schedule your first service with us for free. Rain, shine, snow or sleet, we’ll get your yard in tip-top shape!