…And The Small Dog Sinks

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.

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 1.45.21 PM.png

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.

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 1.46.38 PM.png

Larger breeds can enjoy themselves a little more.

 

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 2.57.38 PM.png

unnamed.jpg
My sister’s dog, Charlie, not wanting to come in out of the snow.

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 2.52.27 PM.png

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.

 

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 3.06.38 PM.png

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s