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Think Your Dog Can Stand the Cold? Think Again!

12 Feb 2016, 10:35 am

cold dogWith arctic air ready to plague the northeast over the next few days, some of the concerns are pets, pipes, and people. Jen Adams from the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Massachusetts gives us a few good tip on how to take care of our furry family members.

Just because pets have furry coats, doesn’t keep them safe from the cold. When the weather gets extreme and temperatures fall below freezing, the animals feet and respiratory system are affected. If you see temperatures falling below freezing, you should not let your animal outside alone for an extended period of time. Just let a dog out to do it’s business and let it back indoors. There are only a select few breeds that would be happy to be outside and that would be a breed like a husky.

Ice and salt can build up on dog’s paws and burn their skin. Even the extreme cold can be very dry and chap their skin. Dog skin can get itchy and flaky as a result.

Dog booties are a good step in prevention as well as a wax substance that can be sprayed on the dog’s feet. Make sure to wash it off before letting them back indoors. Leave a towel next to the door to wipe the salt and ice off their feet. It is also a good idea to rub Vaseline on their feet at night to keep them from chapping.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Rhonda Lee

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