Here in Northern Nevada, we winterize our sprinkler system. We prepare our car. We, of course, bundle up ourselves and our children.
But, sometimes we fail to do the same for the four-legged family members who live with us.
Just remember, every dog breed handles the cold weather differently — and even indoor cats need to be remembered (even if they never step foot in the snow.)
- If your dog has thin fur or isn’t as prepared against the winter elements, consider bundling him or her up in a coat that covers the chest and abdomen.
- Feet on your dogs’ nearly always need protection, especially if you’re hiking long distances with your furry companion. But, remember, a walk doesn’t have to be long for your pup to be injured by ice or salt on the roads and sidewalks. Dog boots or Musher’s wax can help.
- When approaching icy ponds, keep your dog on a leash. You don’t know what patches are unable to support your dog’s weight.
- For your cats who venture outdoors (or your dogs), there is always risk of poisoning from the sweet-tasting antifreeze left on roads or driveways. Always be vigilant that your pup or cat isn’t licking it up, as it can cause kidney failure.
- When we prep our own yards for the winter, we often bring our plants inside. Remember that cats often like to nose around in the pots — and may even try tasting the new plant that is now suddenly in their domain. A lot of plants are poisonous to our furiends, so be sure to check!