19
November
2016

Winter Paw Care and Safety


Winter paw care and safety

As winter approaches you need to be reminding your humans to take a bit of time to think about you and your paws.

This is not only directed at dogs, it is directed to all animals that may go out or be exposed to outdoor clothing/shoes.

There are a few vital things your humans need to know:

Frost/ice snow.
Although we can walk outside in most weather conditions and our humans usually forget to think about us the 'nice walk' across various surfaces.
The long hot path or sea of gravel in the summer.
The freezing sharp ice in winter.

They need to be constantly reminded that we can suffer from toxic poisoning,  frostbite, ice burns and cracked paws which could lead not only to pain, infections but also in some cases – death !!

Antifreeze/screen wash for vehicles.
This is very poisonous to us and even though it is poisonous, there is an ingredient (ethylene glycol) in the antifreeze that makes animals (and small humans) attracted to it.

Now I am not expecting you to remind your humans to top up their cars, but for you to remind them that if they spill any on the ground or on their shoes they need to clear it up.

Better still if possible store their shoes where you cannot reach them and to take them off before walking through the house.

Road grit/salt
This is poisonous for us.
We are not attracted to it by smell, we walk on it and it gets in between our toes. 
Some of us may be sensitive to it and get skin irritation.
So once we are able to, we lick our paws to get rid of the grit.

If after all your attempts to educate your humans they still do not take necessary precautions during winter refuse to leave the house, or better still shout ‘HUGE VET BILLS’

Remind them to:

Check your paws for cracks/cuts and ice.

Clean/wash your paws after a walk.

Ensure you are wrapped up well when going for walks, but making sure you don't overheat too.

Take care with liquids when topping up their vehicles.

Stay safe during winter furpals

 

 

 

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