– De-icing products, salt, and ice, can get into fur and paws, causing skin irritation or more serious conditions. Thoroughly wipe dog’s paws and tummy when they come in from the cold and snow.
– Take care to wipe up any spilled antifreeze; dogs love the sweet (but deadly) taste. Better yet, consider using animal-friendly antifreeze products.
– Balls of ice between a dog’s toes can be painful. For some of the longer coated dogs, trimming the hair short between the toes and pads will help, and of course, keep those nails short too!
– When the weather prohibits taking a walk outside, exercise your dog indoors. Playing a game of hide-and-seek is great fun for pups and people alike.
Wishing you and your dog a happy, warm and safe winter.
For more information about Canine Companions for Independence, visit www.cci.org.