Winter Pet Care Tips: How To Keep Your Dog Safe While Playing In The Garden
With winter fast approaching, pet owners all over the country will be taking precautions to ensure that their dogs stay healthy and happy throughout the cold months. With NOAA Climate Prediction Center forecasters predicting a 55% to 65% chance of La Niña, there’s a possibility that this winter will be colder and wetter than ever before. This is why it’s imperative to keep our dogs safe while playing outdoors as our canine companions are highly susceptible to anything from the common cold to frostbite. Though it may be tempting to keep your dog indoors for the duration of the winter season, a bit of fun in the yard or garden every now and then can be healthy for your pet. Follow these tips to keep your dog safe and happy while playing outdoors.
Keep your dog away from your garden’s water features
Some dogs like to spend time near a koi pond, reflection pool, or beside an outdoor wall or standing fountain. They also like to lap up the water from these water features from time to time. But once winter comes, it’s important to keep your dog away from the garden’s water features as drinking freezing water can be dangerous to your pet’s health. Before heading outdoors, it’s a good idea to bring a collapsible bowl and a bottle of water with you so your pooch can have a drink after playing in the snow.
Don’t use antifreeze in your garden or yard
If you have pets and you plan to let them out every once in a while this winter, try not to use antifreeze in your yard or garden. Keep in mind that dogs are attracted to antifreeze because of its sweet taste, and just a few tablespoons of this liquid which contains ethylene glycol can kill a small, 22-pound dog. If you must use antifreeze, switch to a less toxic alternative such as a propylene glycol based product. It’ also crucial to clean up antifreeze spills quickly to prevent your dog from getting poisoned.
Clear your yard of sharp objects before the snow falls
Before winter arrives, make it a point to do a complete yard clean up to keep your family and pets safe whenever they head outdoors. Never leave sharp objects scattered around as these can get buried in snow and stepped on by your dogs and loved ones who are unaware of these items. Gardening tools should be properly stored in the shed or garage to prevent injuries this winter.
Keeping your dog safe from poisoning or injuries is a must this winter. Follow these tips to make your garden or yard a safe place to play in for your furry friend.