Another burst of extreme cold weather is rolling into Toronto today. If you’ve got a pooch at home, you may be wondering how to keep it safe. Us humans get to bundle up in sweaters, and coats, and scarves, and gloves. But how do our furry friends stay warm? The city of Toronto just released a guide full of tips and tricks on just that.
So Toronto has a population of about 230,000 dogs. Which isn’t really relevant to keeping them warm. But is a fact that makes us smile. So many adorable pups roaming around our city!
Anyway, back to the topic on hand. When you head outside with your pooch during these chilly days, here’s what you should know.
Another Extreme Cold Weather Alert in #Toronto! Protect your dogs from ice and salt by using boots during winter walks. We know putting boots on dogs can be hard, but it’s worth the effort – and so are dogs. Advice on preparing your dog for winter: https://t.co/69MNNCtmK0 pic.twitter.com/52CqW967WU
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) March 1, 2021
Firstly, the number one tip from the city of Toronto is if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for you dog. So on some days you’ll have to consider either staying in or keeping walks short.
Another great tip is to avoid shaving your dog in the winter. Remember their fur is there to keep them warm, so now is not the season for a new ‘do. If your dog is short-haired, you may consider a puppy sweater or coat that covers them from tummy to tail. There are some super cute ones on the market.
You can also dress your dog in little booties to protect its paws from snow, ice, and salty sidewalks. Or try massaging protectors into their paws and bringing a towel on your walk to wipe off any irritants.
Once your walk is complete, be sure to wash and dry your dog’s paws and stomach. There are lots of harmful chemicals and salt on the city streets that you don’t want your pup to be harmed by.
For the full list of tips and tricks, and other useful dog-owner info, you can check out the city of Toronto website here.