4 Ways to Get Your Furry Friend Through the Winter

Everyone who lives in the Kansas City Metro knows how crazy the weather is. One minute, it’s a sunny 70 degrees, and the next we’re in the middle of an ice storm! With the unpredictable Kansas City weather, it is good to be prepared for when days get colder. With help from the Barkery and these four tips from moderndog.com, you and your pet will be ready to tackle the Kansas City winter head on!

#1 Keep your dogs warmBrookside Barkery Dog Clothes
It may seem like common sense, but if you feel it’s too cold for you, chances are it’s too cold for your dog! Although some breeds can withstand colder temperatures (think Northern breeds), most dogs are accustomed to indoor temperatures and don’t want to be outside for long periods of time. Dogs with less furry coats, smaller dogs, and those closer to the ground could benefit from a winter jacket. The Barkery has a large assortment of winter weather proof coats and booties for your dog.

#2 Pet Grooming
Wipe your dog’s paws—both the underside and between the pads—after they’ve been outside. This is important because salt and chemical ice melts can irritate and burn your dog’s paws. These substances can also be fatal if ingested! But don’t think paw cleaning means more baths. Too much bathing, especially during the dry, cold winter season, can dry out your dog’s skin and create irritation and itchiness. The Barkery has their own line of essential oils that will keep your dog’s skin healthy and itch free!

#3 Beware the H2O
Puddles pose a danger to dogs because they may contain ethylene glycol, found in antifreeze, which can be fatal if ingested. So no drinking from winter puddles! Larger bodies of water are also good to steer clear of. Melting or thin ice, as well as rising water levels can create a dangerous environment for your dog.

#4 Be Prepared for Extreme Winter Weather and Super Storms
Climate change has resulted in extreme and unpredictable weather conditions. You never know when a storm might hit and keep you from leaving your house. An emergency pet survival kit can save your pet’s life in these circumstances. Get all the essentials from the Barkery; food, treats, a bed, toys, and a warm winter coat would be a few important items to have on hand.