Keeping Your Pets Safe During Winter Storms
During a big winter storm man's best friend still needs a warm place too. Just like humans, dogs can get frostbite on the tips of their ears and nose if exposed to extreme temperatures.
With wet snow, most common in spring time winter storms, can amplify the affects on animals and decrease their body temperatures even more.
“One of the main things that would be really important for your pets would be to have fresh water that's not frozen or covered up and buried in the snow. Another thing would be if they get wet make sure they have a place that they can go in and get warm,” says registered Veterinarian Technician at Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital, Tami Bremer.
One hazard pet owners should be cautious of is how common itis for dogs to get snowballs or snow chunks in between the pads of their feet.
“If they do get snowballs in between their feet bring them in to warm them up and you can even use warm water to melt the snowballs and just make sure the pet has a nice dry [and] warm place.
Some other tips for pet owners during these cold temperatures is making sure your dog has a shoveled path to go outside to the bathroom, and if you use salt to melt ice on your driveway, make sure it's safe for their feet so it doesn't irritate their paws.