The temps are dropping quickly here in New Haven, but that doesn't mean that you can stop walking your dog! So how do we keep our dog friends warm and safe in this colder climate?
1. WINTER COATS & SWEATERS
Keep your fuzzy friend warm and dry in a versatile coat or sweater. It's important to get the right fit. Make sure that the straps around your dog's waist aren't too loose, and be certain to get a garment that covers as much of his back as possible. Your dog isn't used to clothing? No problem! Just remember to reward your pet with treats for good behavior when putting his coat on or taking his coat off.
2. PET SAFE ICE MELT
Snow followed by rain followed by below freezing temperatures can make sidewalks unpleasant, uneven, and downright dangerous. While it's important to keep sidewalks clear, it's essential that you use a little common sense when it comes to commercial ice melts. Most ice melts are relatively safe for pets, except for those that contain calcium chloride or magnesium chloride; these chemicals can cause excessive dryness on the pads of the feet. The healthiest thing you can do for your pet is to effectively clear the walkways of snow, and if you have to use ice melt, be sure to wipe their feet off with a towel once your pet is inside.
3. COMFY & COZY PET BED
Everybody loves to get all snuggled up in the winter, and so does your pet! A thick supportive dog bed is just what the doctor ordered to keep your pet warm, and his joints and muscles feeling good. He'll appreciate the comfort and will be better rested for going out and playing in the snow.