Tonawanda News — “As it rains in March so it rains in June,” is a much less popular saying than “in like a lion, out like a lamb.” But will either of these hold true? What about “a dry March and a wet May will fill barns and bays with corn and hay?”
It also seems like there are always May flowers regardless of the March winds and April showers. So in the end, the main thing that all of these sayings teach us is that March can be an unpredictable and teasing month and we must keep our critter companions warm.
Keeping those barns filled with hay and wood shavings is still essential in this wishy-washy month. Extra bedding and hide huts for chickens, ducks, rabbits and large farm animals are important. Although day-time temperatures might be more comfortable than a month ago, our Western New York nights still get cold. Wind blocks, such as tarps, around outdoor enclosures should still stay up.
Keeping your home humidified and towel-drying your dogs after important but frigid walks will hopefully reduce itchy and flaking skin. Pay close attention to their toes when drying them off. Trimming long-haired dogs to reduce the collection of ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals is a great idea. Wiping off your dog’s legs and stomach in addition to their feet reduces the chance of your canine ingesting road salts, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous winter chemicals.
Although trimming long hairs is a good idea, never shave your dog down to the skin in the winter or in WNY’s March. If you own a short-haired breed, consider keeping those Christmas and warm Halloween sweaters on them until the weather warms up. Dog clothing that has a high collar, such as a turtleneck that has coverage from the base of the tail to the stomach, is ideal. This is one time you will not hear me complain about dressing up your pets!