Here are some tips for taking care of pets in cold weather from Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, a doggy daycare and overnight camp with 150 locations across the country:
1 Never let your dog off the leash in snow or ice. Although it may seem like a fun option to let your pup frolick in the snow, it can prove to be extremely dangerous. Dogs tend to lose their sense of smell in extremely cold weather and become lost. Believe it or not, winter has the highest rates for lost dogs!
2 Thoroughly wipe down your dog when he comes back into the house after being in the snow. It is common for dogs to ingest salts for melting ice as well as antifreeze (from licking it off their feet or fur), which can prove to be very toxic.
3 Don’t leave you dog in the car in winter; a car can act almost like a freezer in the winter, causing your pet to freeze to death.
4 Fresh water is a must at all times, as your dog may be more likely to lick ice and eat snow if he/she is thirsty from lack of water. Similar to the above point, it is common for dogs to ingest snow-melting salts and antifreeze.