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Ways to be prepared for more winter with your dog

Isn't it heavenly out here in all this glorious, white fluffy stuff!!
Isn't it heavenly out here in all this glorious, white fluffy stuff!!

This winter season has really smacked all of us in the face nationwide; areas that are normally cold have warmer temps and less snow than those common with frigid, snowy weather. It is hard to figure out what is really going on with this weather, however, with more cold and snow on its way, you must be prepared to protect yourself and your dog. You can find the many needs for your pet’s warmth at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home.

For most of the nation, it has been nothing but ice, snow, freezing rain, slush and frigid temperatures that has and is disrupting travel and normal daily activities. If that were not enough, dear old groundhog saw his shadow and predicts another six weeks of harsh winter weather covering at least half of the country. Another storm is on its way currently.

To protect your dog from the dangers associated with winter, here are a few tips for you to consider:

  • Be cautious about bathing your dog during the cold weather since it can remove essential oils from the skin and coat. If your dog looses these necessary oils, you may begin to not dry flaky skin, common during the winter season.
  • Roads and walkways are salted generously to avoid slips, falls and accidents due to ice and snow. That salt, though, can have a negative effect on your dogs paws, leading to excessive dryness and painful cracks on the pads. Before taking your pet outdoors, consider putting petroleum jelly on the paws or resort to doggie boots. After your pet goes outdoors, treat the paws with a warm, damp cloth to ensure there is no residue left on the paws. Not only does it cause soreness on the feet, if your dog licks the paws, the snow salt can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Anti-freeze is plentiful in winter since many owners are adding it to their cars, not only on your driveway or in your garage. It can be anywhere on the roads and at curbside. Anti-freeze ispoisonous. Do not allow your pet to lick at anything outdoors. Anti-freeze has a smell and taste that is enticing to a pet but can be fatal. Curb your pet at all times and wipe the paws when you return to the comforts of home. In fact, everytime your pet goes outside, it is wise to wipe the paws to keep them clean along with your floors in the home.

You can find my many other winter tips but reading my previous article entitled “Easing your dog through this harsh winter season.” Protecting your pet through the perils of the winter weather involves common sense on your part as the pet owner to keep your pet safe and healthy.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at for further information.

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