LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentuckians know to bundle up and stay warm in this kind of weather, but it’s also important to remember your pets.
The problem isn’t just the cold, but the chemicals we use to deal with the snow.
“If it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s too cold for your pet.”
The Lexington Humane Society says animals can get hypothermia and frostbite just like humans.
“Even huskies and the dogs who have heavy coats you make think sure, they were bred to live in Alaska and those very cold climates but they are not used to that.”
With outdoor pets, the Humane Society recommends a draft free dog house with bedding and to put food and water in plastic bowls, because metal freezes faster.
We have had a lot of snow and ice this winter which means tons of salt and ice melt have been put down on sidewalks and roads which can be very hazardous to your pet.
“The main concern is abrasions to the paws and generally most animals tolerate it well. Some animals might be a little more sensitive, some people recommend applying petroleum jelly before you go outside because it can create a film.”
But despite using petroleum jelly and even dog booties, Dr. Bowden says when purchasing ice melt, look for pet safe brands as some contain harmful ingredients that can cause chemical burns.
One Lexington man says he wipes his dogs paws off every time he takes him out.
“I just try not to keep him outside too long as soon as I see him sit down and start shivering, that’s usually when we just come inside, dry him off with a towel and blow dry him with a hot blow dryer.”