Keeping Your Pet Safe During The Dog Days of Winter

Cold winter months are just as tough on pets as they are on people.  Since it appears our next polar vortex might be just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about how to protect Fido during the frigid winter.  Pet expert and owner of Pet Naturals Jami Ippolito has some tips for dog owners:

Steer Clear Of Salt: The salt used to melt snow and ice can burn your pets’ little paws.  Jami recommendsMusher’s Secret, a wax-like product that forms a barrier between the padding on their paws and the salty, icy ground.


Be Mindful Of Their Menu: While it’s important to always serve your dog nutritious food, it’s especially vital during the winter months.  Fishes like salmon, sardines and whitefish provide important Omega 3 fatty acids that help ward off dry, itchy skin, maintain a healthy, shiny coat and preserve brain function and mental acuity. Jami recommends rotating between a fish-based food and a health treatment like Alaskan Naturals Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil to ensure your dog is getting the nutrients they need to be at their best this winter.


Choose Clothing Carefully: While most dogs need some type of protection against the elements, short-haired dogs need extra warmth.  When possible opt for a jacket or coat that’s water-resistant to keep them from getting wet in the snow, sleet or rain.


Pamper Their Paws (and Skin): Much like the way winter weather can lead to dry, chapped skin in people, it can wreak havoc on your pup.  Moisturize their paws and skin with Coconut Oil to prevent the itching and cracking brought on by cold weather-related dryness.  When it comes time for grooming, Jami also recommends a using moisture-rich shampoo like Earthbath Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera Shampoo.


Bust Their Boredom: The inability to run, play and spend time outside can lead to dog feeling cooped up. Ward off their boredom and keep them active by making sure you have plenty of raw bones and new toys around.

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About Paw Naturals: Founded in 2007 by Jami Ippolito, Paw Naturals is Chicago’s leading provider of premium dog and cat food and health/lifestyle products.  Understanding that our pets are part of our families, Paw Naturals is passionate about providing quality products, up-to-date information and exceptional customer service to pet owners – Jami and her team expertly take the guesswork out of what’s best and healthiest for your pets. In addition to organic, naturals and raw food options, Paw Naturals offers healthy pet treats, vitamins/supplements, herbal remedies and all-natural grooming products ranging from shampoos and spritzes to eye, ear and dental care.  Located at 932 W. Monroe, Paw Naturals is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and SaturdaySunday from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.  For more information or to shop online 24/7,