Keep Your Pooch Safe Winter Tips!
Puppy, It’s Cold Outside
When winter season comes around, our pooches need to be protected during the cold months. Whether it’s pet care, nutrition or grooming, some adjustments in this time can go a long way.
If your dog is an outside dog, make sure they have a dry shelter that is large enough for them to lie down and small enough where they can conserve warmth. On extremely cold days, consider bringing them inside. The weather could lead to deadly conditions (Pet MD.)
When dogs are outside, make sure to cover them well. If it’s too cold outside for you, it is too cold for your dog. Go outside with your dog so you can gauge the weather. Although your dog has fur, it often isn’t enough for the cold weather. Make sure to buy dog sweaters that cover from the base of the tail to the neck and make sure it covers the belly also (Pet MD.)
In the winter months, salt and Antifreeze are used on the streets and sidewalks. Antifreeze has a sweet taste and smell. Therefore, it attracts dogs but is lethal if ingested. Salt, although not poisonous,
can irritate a dog’s paws or mouth. Keep an eye on your dog when outside and taking them out on a walk. Booties protect dogs’ paws and prevent them from licking any Antifreeze or salt later when they are inside (Pet MD.)
Outside dogs need more food during winter months because
they exert more energy to keep warm. Inside dogs, on the other paw, tend to be lazier and therefore conserve energy
(Pet MD.) Their diet can remain the same or held back depending on their exercise, activity, and behavior.
Water often freezes when left outside, so make sure to
change the water if frozen. Use plastic bowls instead of metal bowls to prevent your dog’s tongue from sticking to the bowl.
Dog’s natural oils help keep them warm. Too many baths can strip them of these oils (ASPCA.) Bathing him less frequently is suggested during cold months. Keeping their hair long can help with warm
th, so a dog should never be close shaven (ASPCA.) After
a walk outside, make sure their fur is dry because the transition from the cold outside to the warm inside can cause flaky skin.