Winter tips for keeping your dog safe

Health Tips

Antifreeze, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is highly poisonous.  Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, it can be lethal.

  • Rock salt, used to melt ice on sidewalks, may irritate footpads.  Be sure to rinse your dog’s feet after a walk with a warm, damp cloth or towel and be sure to dry them off afterwards.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water.  Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer.
  • Frostbite is your dog’s winter hazard.  To prevent frostbite on its ears, tail and feet, don’t leave your dog outdoors for too long.
  • Be very careful of supplemental heat sources.  Fireplaces and portable heaters can severely burn your dog.  Make sure all fireplaces have screens, and keep portable heaters out of reach.
            • Dogs can be more susceptible to illness in the winter.  Take your dog to a veterinarian if you see any suspicious symptoms.