Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Take special care to keep dogs safe, warm

  • Print

As temperatures begin to drop and winter rapidly approaches, dog owners need to take special care to keep their four-legged friends safe and warm. From what to watch out for during walks to caring for their paws, the American Kennel Club offers the following tips to help keep your dog healthy and happy this winter:

-- Watch out for deicers such as rock salt when taking your dog for a walk. They can not only irritate your dog's paws, but can be toxic if your dog licks it. Make sure to rinse and dry the dog's paws when you get home.

-- Keep the hair between your dog's toes trimmed. This will help ice balls from forming there. The snow and ice can cause cuts and cracked pads. You can also rub a small amount of petroleum jelly on your dog's paw pads before you go for a walk to help repel the snow.

-- Do not leave your dog along in the car on cold days. The same way your car heats up in the summer, it gets extremely cold in the winter.

-- Take care to avoid spilled antifreeze in driveways. It smells and tastes good to dogs, but it is actually lethal to them. You can also use pet-friendly antifreeze in your car. It contains a much less toxic chemical and is doesn't taste as good to animals.

-- Consider putting a sweater on your dog when you go outside if you have a hairless or smooth-coated breed.

-- American Kennel Club

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 11, 2012 D5

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Home buying

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Goose sits in high grass near Marion Friday afternoon for cover -See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 18 - May 25, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • KEN GIGLIOTTI  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / July 23 2009 - 090723 - Bart Kives story - Harry Lazarenko Annual River Bank Tour - receding water from summer rains and erosion  damage by flood  and ice  during spring flooding -  Red River , Lyndale Dr. damage to tree roots , river bank damage  , high water marks after 2009 Flood - POY

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What should the legal drinking age be?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google