• Always wash your dog’s paws after a winter walk to remove salt.
• Anti freeze that leaks onto driveways and roads smells and tastes good to dogs. However, it is highly poisonous and can be lethal to your canine companion if ingested.
• Your dog’s ears, feet and tail are highly susceptible to frostbite. Limit his time outdoors, if possible.
• Dogs can become dehydrated in winter. Make certain he always has plenty of fresh water available. Snow is not an efficient alternative to water.
• Like humans, dogs are more likely to experience health problems in winter. If your dog is listless, lethargic or experiences symptoms of illness, such as coughing, take him to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
• Woodstoves, fireplaces and portable heaters can cause severe burns to your canine companion. Be sure your dog stays away from all heat sources.
• Before giving your dog over-the-counter medications, be sure to consult your veterinarian. Like humans, there are some medications that shouldn’t be given because of health issues and/or allergies.