It has been a long, cold winter this year. Toronto has gotten a lot of snow, cold and ice so far this season, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
We, at the Animal Hospital of High Park, would like to remind everyone that your pets get cold out there too! Our fuzzy friends may have a layer of fur all over their bodies, but that does not mean that they are made for -30 degrees Celcium weather. Not all dog or cat breeds have got thick undercoats, and therefore do not have as much insulation as the breeds that do. Despite them having fur, remember to ensure your pet comes inside to warm up on those cold days, and bundle them up well if they are outside for longer periods of time, like Izzie here!
With all the snow and ice comes salt! All the sidewalks hereabouts in the Junction have got road salt tossed on to them. For our K9 companions, this can lead to problems too. Their bare little toes are getting all covered in salt, and that can dry and chap their feet so badly that their pads will crack and bleed. This can open your doggie friend up to infection, especially if they’re spending a lot of time walking around outside. Please remember to wipe your dog’s feet clean when you get home from a walk.