Keep Your Dogs Safe During Snowy Cold Weather
With the recent arctic blasts of cold air and blizzards and ice storms sweeping across the country, here's a few simple yet important tips on ways to keep your furry friends safe.
ICE MELT/SALT: If you will be throwing salt or ice melt on the sidewalks and steps around your home, try using non-toxic ice melt that is safe for pets. Our two favorites are "Safe Paw Ice Melter" and "Natural Rapport Ice Melt". Safe for pets, kids, and is safer for concrete metal and wood too. Also, it is less harmful to lawns and grass.
SAFETY BELTS: Will you be bringing your pets with you when you go out driving in the snow? If so, here are some safety belts that click right into the seat belt. You can attach the leash end to the dog's harness to make sure your dog has safety protection in case of a car accident (must use a chest harness NOT a neck collar!). We've found these three safety belt options have good ratings:
- Vastar Adjustable Safety Belt for Harness
- URPOWER Dog Seat Belt 2 pack
- Vastar Dog Seat Belt Harness 2 pack
And it doesn't have to be snowy or icy conditions on the road to use the safety belt, we seat belt harness our pets in every time they take a ride with us in our car.
DOG COLLAR LIGHT: The sun sets early in the winter time, and sometimes that means you are out walking your dog at dusk, dawn and evening hours when it is dark out and harder for cars to see you AND your pet. Using a collar that can light up for night time walks is a good way to make it easier for vehicles to see you and your pet. There are several on the market, but this collar received good reviews: Blazin' Safety LED Dog Collar.
Last but definitely not least, although your dog may have a thick furry coat remember that your pet can still get frostbite and hypothermia, especially when the temperatures drop below 20-35 degrees farenheit. You also need to factor in the wind chill, dampness, cloud cover and activity level. Dogs with thin coats, older aged and very young dogs, and dogs with lower body fat are more at risk. Please closely monitor your pet when it's cold and don't leave them outside. If they're shivering, acting anxious, slowing down, whining or barking, or holding up one or more paws it's time for them to come inside. You can also check out our tanks, t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts that can add an extra layer of warmth to your pet's coat this winter!