Winter tips for keeping your dog safe

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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.

Author: David Diamond

David Diamond, Owner/Head Trainer: I use positive training methods and a firm, caring approach so owners and pets can learn to live together in harmony.

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