For us on the east coast, another blizzard is upon us. From Maryland to Massachusetts, Winter Storm Stella has wreaked havoc with high winds and up to 3 feet of snow.
Some enjoy playing in the snow. For others, the struggle is real…not just for humans, but our furry friends as well.
Imagine that in order to go to the bathroom, you have to sink in feet of icy cold. That is the plight of this and many chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers and other small dogs.
Larger breeds can enjoy themselves a little more.
No matter your dog’s preference, cold temps and freezing winds can be harmful to their health if the right precautions are not taken.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has a list of tips for owners to keep their pet happy and healthy during these conditions.
These include wiping down paws that may have been exposed to ice melt and making sure there are indoor things to keep the dog busy.
ASPCA also has tips including how to keep their skin from getting dried out.
There is debate over whether or not to feed your dog more in wintry conditions to help conserve body heat. The AVMA says no but ASPCA is not against it. It’s important to be familiar with your dog’s health to make the appropriate decisions.
Stay safe, everyone!
And please remember, if you own one of these tiny creatures…they need a path.