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Tick Talk: Prevention & What to Do If Your Pet Picks up a Tick

Technically the first day of winter won’t arrive for another month but for many North American families, colder weather has already made its presence known (and felt - brrr!). Keep your fur baby safe and cozy all season long with these 5 essential Winter Care Tips!

1. Fur Coats - the good kind

As temperatures fall, some pups begin shedding their light summer undercoat and grow a thicker winter coat. These fur coats work by trapping the heat from your dog’s body and keeping it next to their skin, allowing them to maintain body heat longer when outdoors. This natural defence against Mother Nature’s plummeting temperatures should be allowed to take place. Avoid significant haircuts during Winter months and keep your dog comfortable by giving them a good brushing to remove excess hair. Smaller pups with thinner coats should be protected from the elements with well-fitting winter doggie jackets!

2. Provide Clean, Dry Shelter

Provide your pet a safe and warm place to shelter from the elements if left outside! Ensure they have a sturdy dog house or kennel that can withstand cold weather. Protect their bodies from cold, hard surfaces like cement by laying straw or a warm, weather-resistant blanket along the floor of the home or kennel. Remember to change the blanket/straw frequently and tidy their space to avoid creating an unpleasant environment!

3. Go For A Walk

Going for walks is an important part of making sure your dog is getting enough exercise, especially during winter! Stay clear of ice patches and areas that have been salted to avoid injuring your pup’s paws.

TIP: Apply a thin, even layer of homemade paw balm (see recipe below) on your pup’s paws, pads and exposed skin before heading out into the cold. Wipe paws and pads clean upon return and apply another layer to help sooth and prevent dry, cracked skin.

4. Whole Life Nutrition All Year ‘Round

The right diet during colder temperatures helps provide the perfect balance of calories and nutrients, supporting fur growth and density, while helping prevent obesity. Feeding your dog a well-balanced food, like TLC Whole Life Pet Food , will keep them happy and healthy, whether they’re acclimating to falling temperatures or spending more time indoors.

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5. Know When It’s Time to Head Indoors

Recognize when your pup is ready to come indoors! Except for certain breeds, most pups prefer and thrive indoors with their loved ones during cold winter months. Look for signs your dog is too cold, like shivering or trembling, lethargy, whimpering, and scratching at the door.

Tick Talk: Prevention & What to Do If Your Pet Picks up a Tick

What you’ll need:

  • Standard size mason jar
  • Stainless steel medium size pot
  • Resealable jars or containers to hold balm
  • Silicone spoon or spatula or one you don’t mind discarding afterward

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup natural beeswax
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. shea butter
  • 10 drops vitamin E

Yields: Approximately 500 ml

  1. Fill a pot about one-third full with water and heat to medium-low.
  2. Create a double-boiler effect by placing a standard size mason jar in the centre of the pot (use a mason jar you don ’t mind recycling, it will be difficult to clean afterward).
  3. Carefully place beeswax into mason jar, stirring continuously until melted approximately 10 minutes depending on stovetop).
  4. Add coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter to the mason jar. Heat until melted, stirring often.
  5. Remove from heat and add Vitamin E drops. Stir.
  6. Pour the mixture into storage containers.
  7. Allow to cool for an hour until firm.

Tip: Smaller mason jars will allow for you to guide your pups paw into the jar and apply the balm. If using smaller containers, apply to paws with your fingers.

 




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