The Decade of the Dog

It’s a New Decade…Happy 2020!  There’s lots going on this month in a dog’s life so let’s not waste any time…Change A Pet’s Life Day is on January 24, it’s Unchain A Dog Month and it is Walk Your Dog Month.  Yep, that’s right.  JANUARY is Walk Your Dog Month…seems strange with all the snow on the ground and freezing temperatures, but we’ll roll with it.

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So how can we make a difference this New Year by changing a pet’s life?  Dogtime suggests adopting or fostering, sponsoring, volunteering your time, donating funds, spreading the word about adoptable dogs, raising awareness for shelters, telling your dog’s story, and by making positive changes for your dog like teaching them tricks, getting into an exercise routine or by making them some yummy homemade treat

Another way of making a positive change in your dog’s life is by taking part in Unchain A Dog Month.  Some of us keep our dogs outside a lot of the time either on a chain or not, but we really need to be conscious of how long we keep our dogs outside during the cold winter months.  PETA says to allow dogs inside as much as possible and when they do go outside to put a coat or a sweater on them.  For dogs who

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do spend majority of their time outside, it is important to provide them with a wooden doghouse positioned in a sunny location.  For bedding, use straw because rugs and blankets will get wet and freeze.  If your dog is on a chain, make sure that they are untangled and away from trees and other objects that could prevent them from getting to shelter.  Also don’t allow dogs to roam around freely outdoors because they may get lost.  Finally, increase your dogs’ food intake during the winter because they are burning more calories to keep warm.

And last but positively not least is Walk Your Dog Month.  I guess we shouldn’t let the

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plummeting winter temperatures get us down; besides, dogs need exercise throughout the entire year, we do too!  Home Alive Pets has some suggestions on walking your dog in the winter: 

  • Keep toe hair clipped so that ice doesn’t accumulate and therefore making it difficult or painful for walking.
  • Wear booties!!  When your dog wears booties during their winter walks, it prevents paws from getting dried out and from getting injured by salt and other chemicals on the street and sidewalks.

This is of course where Saltsox steps in!  Saltsox offers superior winter protection from salt, slush, snow and freezing temperatures.  Try them in Blizzard Black, Ice Fire Red, Winter Night Blue and IceBreaker Gray.

No booties? 

  • Wipe their paws with a warm wet washcloth and a towel to dry to remove salt and chemicals so the dog doesn’t lick them off.
  • Moisturize with a pet safe skin conditioner to prevent paws from drying out. 
  • Keep walks short and limit your walks unless your dog can handle the cold.
  • Wear a coat or sweater to protect from windchill.
  • Stay on the sidewalk and avoid walking through the deep snow so that your dog doesn’t get too cold.
  • Use reflectors because there is less sunlight in the day time during the winter so that drivers can see you easily.
  • Apply first aid if your dogs’ paws do happen to split and if there is an open sore.  While your dog heals, keep walks to a minimum.
  • Watch for signs that your dog is too cold, they will let you know.  Indicators could be whining, begging at the door, lifting or licking paws excessively and shivering.  
  • Know what to look for when it comes to frostbite: cold, pale and hard skin that turns red and puffy after it warms.  If you suspect frostbite, apply a warm washcloth to the affected area and cover with a blanket.
  • Keep your four-legged friend close when taking your walk to avoid ice-covered areas, frozen lakes or ponds.
  • Make sure to have an ID tag on your furry friend in case they do get lost.
  • Avoid “A Christmas Story” Ralphie tongue sticking to a pole situation.  Yes, even dogs’ tongues can get stuck to a pole.  Steer clear of your dog licking metal lampposts, metal plates, man-hole covers and electrical boxes.

The New Decade is here and it’s time to make a change in your dog’s life, it’s time to take them “off the chain” and it’s time to get some dog booties so that your dog can get to walkin’ in the snow, comfortably!  Happy Winter Walks – Team Saltsox

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