After the 108 inches of snow that Boston was pummeled with last winter, I went in to instant panic mode when I heard a potential 3 feet were on the way this weekend from Winter Storm Jonas. Last year, it began around the same time of year. We had a fairly mild, calm winter until late January. It was then, that all hell broke loose. Imagine getting 2-3 feet of snow every weekend? There was never the opportunity to dig out because it just kept coming. For the first time in a good while, Boston was spared from this most recent storm. Although I thoroughly enjoy watching the dogs have the time of their life romping through a fresh snow fall, I was relieved to wake up this morning to a small coating – just enough to make it pretty but not enough to hinder any plans.
With winter under way in most parts of the country, I thought I would share a few tips to keep your dogs safe during a storm.
Dog Tags! Make sure your dog wears identification at all times. All it takes is a split second for him or her to get loose.
Keep your dog leashed! With winds and white out conditions, it would be very difficult to find your dog if they were to wander off. Studies show more dogs go missing in the winter than any other season.
Protect their paws! Ice melt can be very painful to your pets feet and even fatal if ingested. A high quality, safe ice melt is Safe Paw Non-Toxic Ice Melter . Several times a week, I put Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax on the paw pads of Brandy and Moose. It helps to protect paws from not only ice and salt in the winter, but also sand and hot pavement in the summer. It contains vitamin E which helps to keep paws healthy and moisturized.
Stay safe and have fun in the snow!