December 21 marks the first day of winter, although we’ve had many bitter cold days already here in Wyoming and Colorado. We love our pets here at All Star Grooming and wanted to take a moment to remind you that if you know of a dog who is kept outdoors, or your dog is primarily an outdoor dog, to please take these safety measures to ensure your pet stays safe in these cold, winter months!

  • If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet! It’s a reality that if left outdoors, pets can freeze to death.
  • Clean and dry your dogs feet before coming inside. Especially if you’ve been on a long walk and their paws may have picked up salt and other chemicals, clean in-between the toes and remove any snow balls from between their foot pads.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater.
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
  • Protect paws by massaging petroleum jelly such as Vaseline or a paw protectant into paw pads before going outside to help protect from salt, chemicals, and dry, cracking paw pads. You can slip booties on over the top for even more coverage and to keep their paws from getting too messy.
  • Use pet-friendly ice melts to sprinkle on your driveway or sidewalk.
  • Feed your pet a little more during cold months. Pets, like humans, burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in the winter. Increasing the amount of food they get can provide much-needed calories.

source: aspca.org