Pets and Cold Weather

Cold weather is upon us… for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. On those bitter cold days, your pets may dart outside long enough for a quick potty break and run back inside. Other pets may love the colder weather and refuse to come inside! My parents’ dog Becca is the latter type of dog — she’ll happily sit on the middle of the pool cover once the water below has frozen. But she has a thick, double coat to protect her from the worst of the winter chill. Don’t force your pets outside when the weather is too … Continue reading

Cold Weather Paw Protection

As the weather turns colder, you may be thinking about protecting your pets’ paws when they’re out in the yard or on a walk. Snow and ice can be very painful to your pet’s paws. Salt and other ice melters can cause serious damage to bare paws. So what are your options for paw protection? You can buy boots for your pets to wear, try a cream or wax to protect paws, or just inspect and wash your pet’s feet carefully after each outdoor excursion. Perhaps the best-known cream is Musher’s Secret. This is a wax-based cream that can be … Continue reading

A Raincoat for Lally?

My dog Lally hates the rain. When I open the front door and she catches a glimpse of that horrible wet stuff falling from the sky, her demeanor changes immediately. Pre-walk, she’s usually excited and alert. Once she sees or feels those first few drops, her ears go down, her head drops, and she seems to draw herself in — as if to be a smaller target for the rain. Nothing bothers Moose, mind you. Rain, snow, hail… he’s unfazed. But considering how the Pacific Northwest is known for being somewhat rainy, I started thinking that maybe Lally would like … Continue reading