West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!
West Michigan born and raised since 1989!

Winter Pet Safety

Winter Pet Safety Tips

It’s been a mild winter so far, but there’s still plenty of time left for temps to plummet and snow and ice to strike. Pet safety during winter involves some common sense considerations that you’ve probably already thought of, but some sneaky hazards that you might not think of. On the positive side, there are many solutions available for winter pet safety concerns, from pet-friendly ice melters to skin-soothing supplements and conditioners.

Some winter safety tips for your pets:

– If it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s probably too cold for your pet.

– Use paw safe pet salt (stocked every day at Chow Hound!) to keep your pets’ paws safe from exposure to harsh chemicals or abrasive salts.

– If your pets play outside in the snow a lot, they can burn more energy than normal. Monitor their weight, consider feeding a little more food if you notice weight loss.

– Pets can get dry/flaky skin from the heat sources indoors. You can consider adding skin/coat supplements made specifically for pets and switching to pet foods made with fish, to benefit from their omega oils.

– Remember to use shampoos and conditioners made for pets that are detergent/soap free. (All Natural Pet shampoos sold at Chow Hound are detergent & soap free.) Their coats need the natural oils their bodies produce to keep their skin & coat healthy during exposure to indoor heat sources. Maintain a similar bathing schedule to the rest of the year, bathing pets once or twice per month.

– You can consider using humidifiers to counteract some of the negatives from dry indoor heat.

– Clean snow and grime from your pets paws carefully and get between their toes. Trapped moisture can lead to fungal infections, yeast infections, etc.

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