By Susan Richard
NEW YORK(1010 WINS) As we wait to hear what the Groundhog has to say, the calendar informs us that there’s still more than two months left to winter. We’re back to cold temps this week, and if the forecast so far this season is any indicator (a ‘bomb cyclone’, a foot of snow in spots, 50 mph wind gusts, RealFeel temps below zero), it would serve us well to review tips from the experts on ensuring the well being of our four-legged family members in severe weather.
1010 WINS Anchor (and animal lover) Susan Richard spoke with Veterinarian Dr. Erin Wilson, the Medial Director for the ASPCA‘s Adoption Center located at 424 E 92nd St in Manhattan. Check out what Dr. Wilson had to say in Susan’s latest episode of All For Animals TV :
Here are some important tips courtesy of the ASPCA. Always keep the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline available: (888) 426-4435 and call immediately if your pet ingests antifreeze or any other household chemical.
Safety Tips for Dogs:
- Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their scent in the snow and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure your dog always wears an ID tag.
- If your large dog spends most of his time outside, take proper precautions during the colder months. Make sure your dog has an insulated and waterproof dog house and access to fresh water. Never leave your dog outside during a snowstorm or inclement weather including sleet, ice, snow, wind, or extreme cold.
- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes.
- Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells.Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
- Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
- Protect your dog’s paws. Salt and deicing chemicals can be extremely painful…