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5 Ways To Avoid Pet Injuries This Winter In Ann Arbor

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The Almanac report predicts that Winter temperatures in Ann Arbor will be ‘much above normal, on average, despite cold periods in early and mid-December, from late December into early January, in early to mid-January, and in late January. Precipitation will be near normal. Snowfall will be below normal in most areas, with the snowiest periods in early and mid-December, mid-to-late February, and early to mid-March.’ 

With heaps of snow around, you might be busy getting your winter arsenal of ice melt and tools ready to go. But have you thought of your four-legged friend who could be severely impacted by the hazards of snow and ice melt?

In winters our pets can get injured from snow, chemicals in the ice melt products, etc. Some of the common problems in pets in winters are lesions on the legs, cut on paws, skin irritation, and diarrhea. 

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In this article, we will discuss 5 ways to protect our pets from winter injuries. Let’s find out.

1- Keep Them Indoors

Keep your pets indoors during and after the snowfall. In fact, they should be kept inside as soon as the temperature starts dipping in winter. Put a comfortable bed with their favorite toy and treat ready for them. Cover them up. You can also get them a  winter jacket for temperatures below 20° F.

2- Use The Right Ice Melt

Most ice melt have chlorine in their blend and therefore are not safe to use around pets. Moreover, its sweet smell makes it even more dangerous as pets find it tempting and eat. 

Rock salt that is most commonly used to melt the snow is also not safe for pets. Most of the brands use either magnesium chloride or calcium chloride, or potassium chloride in their products. These chloride-based products may cause problems like skin irritation, eyes, nose and lung burning, and nausea if ingested.

Therefore, carefully choose an ice melter that is safe for dogs. Chlorine-free ice melter don’t burn their paws or poison the pet if ingested. If you’re looking for a good ice melter for your roof, then your search ends here as these ice melt solutions are non-corrosive in nature. 

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3- Be Careful While Taking Them Out For A Walk- 

While taking them out, ensure that they are away from snow treated with salt and other chemical-based ice melt. If you are sure that, like you, your neighbors are also using ice melter that is safe for dogs, let them have a ball game on a sunny day.

4- Moisturize-

Cold air dries the skin. Did you know that it does the same to your pet’s skin too? You can’t smear her with lotion, but you can apply some coconut oil or healing balm on her nose and paws. Don’t bathe her often.

5- Store Your Ice Melt Properly

Many times pets get inside an open, old bag of ice melt left in your storeroom. If it contains chemicals, it can be harmful to your pet if ingested in large quantities. Therefore, either get a chemical-free ice melt or store ice melt safely so that your pet can’t get into it.

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