Snow is here and many dogs love to play in it! But, with snow comes ice and salt, which can be both painful and harmful to dogs that come in contact with it. Make your winter outings with your dog safer and more enjoyable with these winter weather products (available at both Petagogy locations):
GroundWorks Natural Icemelter – The chemicals used in traditional road salt and ice melt can cause dryness, cracking and even burns to a dog’s pads. GroundWorks is a premium fertilizer-based product designed specifically to melt ice and snow effectively, while being completely eco-friendly and pet safe. It safely works to -23°C (-9°F), melting ice and snow even in the toughest winter conditions. You should always wash and dry your dog’s paws and pads after walks to remove any ice and salt, as well as check for cracked pads or redness in between the toes.
Pawz Rubber Dog Boots – These disposable-reusable boots will protect your dog’s paws from harmful and painful rock salt and icemelter. Each pack comes with twelve biodegradable rubber booties that will last many wearings; simply replace individual boots when needed. We get asked about other rubber-soled boots, but we like Pawz because they are the most natural-feeling boots your dog can wear, allowing your dog to feel the ground and providing a needed sense of stability.
Musher’s Secret – A good alternative for dogs that dislike wearing boots, Musher’s Secret is a dense barrier wax that forms a breathable bond with your dog’s paws. Developed in Canada for use with sledding dogs, it provides pad and paw protection in extreme weather conditions. It’s made from a blend of several food-grade waxes so it won’t harm your dog if licked. It goes on clear and dries immediately, so it won’t stain carpets or floors.
RuffWear Beacon – Be sure cars can spot you on evening or early morning dog walks. The RuffWear Beacon is a high-performance safety light to help keep dogs visible in low-light conditions or inclement weather. The Beacon is durable, waterproof and rechargeable, with indicator lights to let you know when it’s charging or the battery is low.
It’s also important to remember during these frigid days that Pennsylvania state law prohibits tethering dogs outside for more then 30 minutes at a time when temperatures fall below 32 degrees, and untethered dogs must be provided with insulated housing. For more information and guidelines: http://wjactv.com/news/local/gov-wolf-and-police-remind-pet-owners-to-bring-animals-indoors