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 the long hot path or sea of gravel in the summer, 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/screenwash for vehicles.
This is poisonous for us.
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 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
Not only if your humans clear their path or even just take you for a walk, they need to know this can both burn you or poison you if you lick your paws after a walk.
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’

Get 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 and get your human told of the dangers. 

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