Colorado Winter Safety Tips for Dogs in the Snow

Colorado winters are mild compared to many other locations, but that doesn’t make the snow any less cold! It is important to know how to care for your pets before, during and after they are out in the snow.

Here are some of our expert tips on how to keep your dog safe in the snow:

Protect Their Paws

The snow can be harsh on your dog’s paws. The cold weather, snow, and ice can lead to cracked or peeling paw pads. Here are some tips to protect them:

  • Dry them off as soon as you get back inside
  • Wash their paws to remove salt and chemicals
  • Put booties on to prevent salt from getting between their toes and keep them warm
  • OR use petroleum jelly on paw pads before going outside to protect salt and chemical agents

 

Keep Their Fur Long

We don’t recommend shaving your dog down to the skin in the winter. However, if your dog is long-haired you should trim their fur to prevent clinging ice balls, salt crystals or deicing chemicals. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him or her a coat or sweater that provides coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.

Humidify Your Home

Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause your pet’s skin to be itchy and flakey. Using a humidifier to add moisture to the indoor air may help to reduce the occurrence of dry, cracked skin.

Keep Your Pet Hydrated and Well Fed

Pets burn extra energy when trying to stay warm, so you will want to feed your pet a higher quality food and add a bit more to their bowl during cold weather months to provide the much-needed calories. It is also important that they are kept well hydrated. Even though it is not as hot out, they still need plenty of water.

Aspen Grove Veterinary Care is your resource for all of your pet care needs, so if you have any questions, please reach out to our team online or call 970-416-0232.

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