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Tips For Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Winter

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Some parts of the United States are experiencing their first kiss of snow this season and while lots of us love to frolic in the white stuff….

How can we keep our four legged friends safe???

Follow these tips AFTER THE JUMP to keep your Fido warm and toasty and comfortable this winter!

1) Never let your dog off the leash in snow or ice.

Although it may seem like a fun option to let your pup frolic 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) Wipe, Wipe, WIPE!

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 anti-freeze, which can prove to be very toxic.

3) Never Leave Them Inside The Car

Similar to how you should never leave your dog in the car during the summer, the same goes for the winter; a car can act almost like a freezer in the winter, trapping heat outside and causing your pet to freeze to death.

4) Fresh Water is a Biggie!

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.

Following these steps keep your pooch in tip-top shape this winter!

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