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Keep Your Pet Warm this Winter

Winter has set in on Kansas City so now is the time to make sure your pets are well taken care of! There are many concerns for making sure your outdoor pets have everything they need to stay safe and comfortable despite cold temperatures. Below are some tips from petplanetmagazine.com on how to make sure your outdoor pets are ready for anything that could come their way.

Shelters

Making sure your pet’s shelter is winter ready is important. While summertime houses can be easy and lightweight to create, winter time houses need a little bit extra preparation. Make sure the shelter in question has insulation in the walls and that the insulation is covered so it doesn’t get used as a toy. Blankets or beds are a nice addition to this too, as it allows for a warm area the pet may curl up in. A small opening is ideal as opposed to having one side open, to keep the heat inside.

Food and Water

When a pet is outdoors during the winter, there are a couple things to keep in mind to make sure they are covered in case bad weather keeps them outside or it gets very cold into the evenings. A heated water bowl is a must in areas where the temperature drops below freezing to ensure your pet has a healthy supply of water at all times. Similarly extra food will allow your pet to maintain their weight in colder conditions and will allow them to stay warmer.

Clothing and Care

Even with blankets, outdoor pets may not be able to maintain a proper body temperature. Dog clothing can be a great option for a pet living outside or for going on outdoor extended walks. Paw care is also extremely important. During the cold weather, paw pads can crack, causing serious pain for the animals. Looking at outdoor paw covers, such as snow shoes, can be a good option.

 

Many pet owners consider their dogs family, so take the appropriate measures to ensure your pets are safe, warm, and happy this winter. Brookside Barkery has everything you need from food to beds to coats and boots for your dog. Don’t wait another minute, stop by today and make sure your dog is prepared for winter!

Keep your Dog’s Paws Safe this Winter

The cold months are creeping up on us and with Kansas City weather you never know what to expect. One day it’s 75 degrees and sunny and the next it’s a snow storm. Stay prepared and protect your dog’s paws from the extreme cold.

As humans, we know the important role our hands and feet play in completing normal, daily activities. When any kind of injury affects the use of our hands and feet, we may find it very difficult to go about our regular routine. Just as humans depend on their limbs to complete daily activities, Fido’s paws are just as important to him. Running in the backyard, digging a hole for his bone and going for a walk in the park are all endeavors Fido would struggle with if he did not have healthy paws. To promote a healthy and active lifestyle, all dog owners should learn how to keep their pet’s paws free of injury.

One of the most common ways to injure your dog’s paws is by allowing them to step on an extremely hot or cold surface. If your dog is exposed to a hot surface for too long, it can potentially cause sores or blisters to develop on your dog’s paw pads. In extreme winter conditions, doggie booties might be necessary to avoid chapped pads or an infection from chemical ice melters.

Dr. James Barr, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains the most common summer and winter paw injuries. “The worst problems are that the pavement or other hard surfaces are extremely hot or cold.  If the pet does not have a lot of protection on the feet or has a gait abnormality that causes it to walk strangely, then the unprotected areas can be hurt by the extreme temperatures,” he said. “Most of the damage is rubbing the surface off or actually burning the footpads. This can be very painful.”

Trimming the hair in between the paw pads can also reduce the risk of injury. Excess hair is more prone to painful matting and can also attract stickers or thorns. Sometimes foreign objects like pebbles can become lodged between a dog’s pads, so it is important to check and clean this area regularly with a pair of tweezers to avoid pain and infection. Owners should also keep their yard free of sharp or pointy objects to further reduce the risk of a paw injury. If the area doesn’t seem safe to walk in barefoot, then pets should be protected from the area until it is properly cleaned of debris. Should your dog’s paw become injured, Barr recommends obtaining a towel to wrap around the paw and to apply pressure until veterinary care arrives.

One of the most important parts of maintaining healthy paws is to regularly trim your dog’s nails. If the nails are left to grow excessively, there can be serious consequences that can harm your dog. “The quick of the nail will grow as the nails get longer. This means that when the nails are cut, they can be damaged,” explained Barr. “The longer the nails are, the harder it is for your pet to walk on hard surfaces. Also, they are more likely to be caught on something and be torn off.”

Everybody loves a little extra TLC, including your pooch. Try going the extra mile and give Fido a relaxing paw massage by gently rubbing between the pads of his feet in a circular motion.

When you’re not pampering your pooch with special treatment, remember the essentials of maintaining healthy paws. Avoid surfaces that may expose your dog’s paws to extreme temperatures and keep your yard free of hazardous items. Trim Fido’s nails regularly as well as the hair between his paws. By keeping your dog’s paws healthy, your dog will be on the right track to living a happy and active lifestyle.

Stop by the Barkery today and take advantage of our grooming services! Our groomers will keep your pup’s paws in tip top shape!

Take Care of Your Pup’s Paws

We’ve got great products to keep your dog and house clean during this snowy season! 

Stop in and check out our wide variety of items:

  • The Paw Wash and Paw Plunger – no more ruining nice towels and clean floors with muddy paws!
  • The Soggy Doggy – a mat perfect for wet dogs that absorbs all the moisture
  • Pocket Full of Baths – Pay for 10 baths up front, get the 11th free, plus 10x points!
  • Several Shampoos and Scented Sprays
  • Safe Cleaning Sprays
  • Self-serve and Full-serve Baths on site
  • Skilled Groomers

Treat your four-legged friend to a bath and stock up while you’re here – you’ll be glad you did!