Monday, February 16, 2015

Keeping your pet safe during the dog days of winter

Cold winter months are just as tough on pets as they are on people. Since it appears our next polar vortex might be just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about how to protect Fido during the frigid winter. Pet expert and owner of Pet Naturals Jami Ippolito has some tips for dog owners:

--Steer clear of salt: The salt used to melt snow and ice can burn your pets’ little paws. 

--Be mindful of their menu: While it’s important to always serve your dog nutritious food, it’s especially vital during the winter months. Fishes like salmon, sardines and whitefish provide important Omega 3 fatty acids that help ward off dry, itchy skin, maintain a healthy, shiny coat and preserve brain function and mental acuity. 

--Choose clothing carefully: While most dogs need some type of protection against the elements, short-haired dogs need extra warmth. When possible opt for a jacket or coat that’s water-resistant to keep them from getting wet in the snow, sleet or rain.

--Pamper their paws (and skin): Much like the way winter weather can lead to dry, chapped skin in people, it can wreak havoc on your pup. Moisturize their paws and skin with Coconut Oil to prevent the itching and cracking brought on by cold weather-related dryness. 

--Bust their boredom: The inability to run, play and spend time outside can lead to dog feeling cooped up. Ward off their boredom and keep them active by making sure you have plenty of raw bones and new toys around.

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