Between the recent reoccurrence of Chicago’s Polar Vortex and the arrival of the "Juno Winter Storm" in New York and Boston, this winter has been tough on everyone. While blizzards and frigid temperatures may make your morning commute miserable and put a damper on your weekends it's important that you don’t forget your pets - the winter months are just as tough on them as they are on you.
With no relief from this weather in sight, now is a good time for pet owners to educate themselves about protecting Fido from the frigid cold and all of the issues that come with it. Our very own Jami Ippolito has some tips for dog owners:
Steer Clear Of Salt: The salt used to melt snow and ice can burn your pets’ little paws. Jami recommends Musher’s Secret, a wax-like product that forms a barrier between the padding on their paws and the salty, icy ground.
Be Mindful Of Their Menu: While it’s important to always serve your dog nutritious food, it’s especially vital during the winter months. Fish like salmon, sardines and whitefish provide important Omega 3 fatty acids that help ward off dry, itchy skin, maintain a healthy, shiny coat and preserve brain function and mental acuity. Jami recommends rotating between a fish-based food and a health treatment like Alaskan Naturals Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil to ensure your dog is getting the nutrients they need to be at their best this winter.
Pamper Their Paws (and Skin): Much like the way winter weather can lead to dry, chapped skin in people, it can wreak havoc on your pup. When it's time to take them for a walk padded paw boots are one of the best ways to shield them from the elements. Back at home, moisturize their paws and skin with Coconut Oil to prevent the itching and cracking brought on by cold weather-related dryness.When it comes time for grooming, Jami also recommends a using moisture-rich shampoo like Earthbath Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera Shampoo.