Talk to Your Vet
There are also medical concerns that you should prepare for in the lead up to a big snow storm. If the roads are impassable, your vet’s office might not be open, so you need to know the closest emergency veterinary facility and its hours. You should also speak with your veterinarian about products you can keep at home to deal with an upset stomach, minor abrasions, and other non-emergencies, Koczerzuk says. Additionally, speaking with a veterinarian about potential holistic remedies may be worth considering.
Finally, have your dog tested for allergies. This isn’t necessarily doable in the days leading up to a snow storm, but it’s good information to have, especially during the winter when windows shut and fresh air is at a premium, says Nicole A. Heinrich, DVM, DACVD, veterinarian at McKeever Dermatology Clinics.
“Dogs can be allergic to dust, dust mites, human dander, cat dander, feathers, cotton, wool, and mold, just to name a few,” she says. Once you know what your dog is allergic to, you can discuss treatments with your vet.