January is Walk Your Pet Month

January is Walk Your Pet Month which is perfect for those New Year’s Resolutions and why not bring your pet along! Not only is walking a good activity for us, but for our pets too!

Must-have items for walking your dog in a Winter Doggyland:
• Warm, weather resistant jacket to make sure your dog is comfortable & well-insulated.
• Lighted leash & collar during the winter since it gets dark early.
• Bags for cleaning up after your dog.
• Collapsible water bowl so your furry friend can stay hydrated.
• Snowball maker that makes perfect snowballs that your dog will love to chase after.
• Microfiber pet towels to wipe down your pet’s paws from things like ice, snow, salt & toxic chemicals like antifreeze & de-icers that can build up on your dog’s feet.
• Dog boots/booties to provide additional warmth and traction your dog needs when spending an extended period of time on snow & ice.
• Your dog’s favorite treats for training or rewarding good behavior during the walk.
• Heated dog bed that your pet can lounge in.
• Just before you go outside, put a towel in the dryer on a low setting, then wrap your dog in the towel when you get home.

So how cold is too cold to take a dog out for a walk? There is no one right answer for every dog, but owners should consider the size of their dog, breed and their overall health. Even if your dog has a thick, heavy coat, he might still feel chilly in the winter.

Many pet owners are aware of the dangers to dogs and cats in extreme heat, but the risks can be even greater with the freezing temperatures. A common misconception is that dogs and cats are more resistant to cold weather than humans because of their fur according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Common Cold Weather Ailments:

    • Frostbite and Hypothermia is when a dog’s temperature dips too low. Pets are just as likely to get frostbite and hypothermia as their owners.
    • Symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia, get your pet inside right away if he:
      • Whines or acts anxious
      • Can’t stop shivering or seems weak
      • Has ice on his body
      • Stops moving or slows down
      • Looks for warm places to burrow
    • Antifreeze drips from a car’s radiator and collects on sidewalks, driveways & roads. Unfortunately, animals have been known to lick it off the ground because of the sweet taste of its main ingredient, ethylene glycol. Take your pet to the vet right away if they even lick up a bit of antifreeze.
    • Symptoms of your pet ingesting antifreeze are:• Vomiting
      • Panting
      • Excessive thirst
      • Drunken-like behavior

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With these helpful tips and some proper gear, you should be all set to get out there and enjoy that winter weather with your dog!