Pet Care Tip of the Month

Let's talk temperature!!!

Limit outdoor time in winter
Your family pet may love to spend time outdoors but in winter even the furriest dog can get cold. Ears, paws and tails are all susceptible to frostbite. Take your dog out frequently for walks, exercise and play ... but when the temperature drops, don't leave him outdoors for long periods of time. A good rule is to go out with him and when your ready to come in, he probably will be too. If he's outside in your yard by himself, check often to make sure he's not showing signs of feeling cold.

Paw care is a must!!!
Just as we tend to develop foot cracks in winter, dogs can also suffer from cracked pads. If you dog has furry feet, trim the hair that grows between her pads to prevent ice buildup between the pads. Winter salt on city sidewalks and streets can also burn your dog's pads and can be toxic. After walks around the neighborhood, rinse or wipe you dog's paws to remove any salt -you don't want your pet licking it off.(BAC uses pet friendly ice melt.) If your pet shows signs of discomfort when walking outside on frozen or salted surfaces, consider using dog booties to protect their paws.

Car safety
Just like when it's hot out, don't leave your pet in your car when it's particularly cold out. Your car can act like a refrigerator as it holds in the cold. When in doubt, leave your pet at home when you know you'll have to leave them unattended in the car.