As pet owners we generally wear shoes, boots or some other form of footwear. So generally we don't need to wash our feet every time we come in from the snow.
Our pets on the other hand (or should we say paw) trudge through the salt leaden city snow, slush and grime. A dog's paws after walking through high salt content slush can become irritated quickly.
Make sure to always wash off and dry your animals paws after each and every walk in the winter. If you're not going home after the walk or don't have the ability to wash them bring a towel to wipe them off and clean them.
If you notice redness, cracking, swelling or another irritation on your animals feet be sure to bring them into your local veterinary service to get checked out.
Even if our animals have furry coats, if left outside in cold they can quickly get frostbite or worse!
Lastly, we've all heard not to leave our dog, children or other pets in a car on a warm summer's day, right? Did you know that leaving your four-legged friend inside a car in the winter is also very dangerous? Because of a vehicles insulation they can act like iceboxes and freeze whatever or whoever is inside.