The winter holidays are quickly approaching and so tis the season for turkey dinners, holiday open houses and lots of snow. If you are lucky enough to call yourself a pet parent, you will probably want to spend quality time with your pooch this winter season. But it is important to know some important winter safety tips– from what holiday foods are totally off limits for your dog, to how to keep them safe while still enjoying the snow and outdoors.
Furlocity had come up with the top 5 tips to keep your pooch healthy and safe during the upcoming winter season and festivities. Happy holidays to you and your furry friends, but stay safe with this advice:
Keep a Watch on Table Food and Treats: Dogs have a way of persuading anyone to give them what they want, especially table food. Common holiday foods like chocolate, candy, fat trimmings and (turkey) bones, onions, garlic, and baking items like baking powder and baking soda are all possible hazards – some even deadly for pets. Keep a careful eye on your hungry little friend when entertaining this holiday season. Also, ask your guests especially children to not feed the doggie people food! Keep some doggie snacks nearby if people really want to bond with Fido.
Alcoholic Beverages – Dogs are opportunistic by nature and always seem to get a hold of things they aren’t supposed to! With the abundance of festivities during the holiday season – Thanksgiving and Holiday Open Houses - alcohol can easily be left unattended in easy to get places. Alcohol has the potential to poison pets, if ingested, and animals can become severely weakened, depressed or go into a coma. To avoid any unwanted accidents, keep the adult beverages up and away from Fido.
Snow and Ice Safety – Dogs are in need of exercise all year round and many enjoy playing in snow, but pet parents need to be watchful of how sensitive their dogs are to the cold and the winter elements. Also, not all dogs are created equal when it comes to snow – a St. Bernard may be in his element, but bundle up your little Chihuahua in a warm winter jacket and limit his time outside. Be careful not to let your dog go on frozen ponds, they may unknowingly wander onto an unsafe section of the ice and fall through.
Beware of Rock Salt: If you live in a snowy and icy region, calcium chloride or rock salt is commonly used as an ice melter on driveways. According to the ASPCA, rock salt may cause severe skin and gastrointestinal tract irritation, depending on the concentration and circumstances of exposure. If your dogs should ingest rock salt, they should be taken to the vet for medical care. It may also rub on the pads of their paws causing irritation. Pet-safe rock salt might be a great option for your home or you may want to buy your pooch a pair of stylin’ boots to wear to protect their paws.
Hydrate Even in the Cold: Don’t be deceived the cold, you should provide plenty of fresh water at all times as dogs are just as likely to get dehydrated in winter as in summer. Also, snow is not a good substitute for water. If your dog spends time outside, make sure the water is not frozen during this time of year. Heated pet bowls are a solution for frigid temperatures. These bowls are handy to have during the cold winter months, and are available in stainless steel or plastic. You can find them at pet supply vendors and feed stores.
Have a hot topic related to your paw-rific pet boarding business that you would like Furlocity to potentially BARK about in future articles? Let Furlocity know! Contact Denise Fernandez Pallozzi directly at Denise@furlocity.com