Each season is beautiful in its own special way. The burst of flowers in spring, the memories of the beach during the summer, the colors of autumn, and now, as winter begins and the weather gets colder. You will want to make sure that your dog stays warm during the winter. Like people, dogs have special needs during cold weather to keep them safe, healthy and happy. Dogs are more sensitive to weather like compared to other animals.
So during cold weather, it is important for you to make sure that certain precautions are taken during the winter season for the protection and welfare of your dog. This article is full of information on what to do for your dog during the winter and the colder months. Here are 7 active tips to keep your dog healthy this winter.
1-Buy your dogs a coat and a sweatshirt:
Imagine how cold it should get for your dogs during the winter months. Your dog’s really don’t have a way to let you know how cold they are. So a warm winter dog jacket or sweatshirt is the perfect dog accessory for walks in the rain or wind, cold nights at the dog house or even for the winter parties! Fortunately, there are so many brands and styles of dog coats and dog sweaters that you will be sure to find that will not only be very fashionable but will give your dog extra protection in very cold weather.
2-Buy your dog boots:
It is dangerous to expose your dog paws to the elements of winter; they are at risk of cracking, drying and freezing. Also the toxic chemicals like ethylene glycol found in antifreeze, coolants and road salts are deadly, so if you live in an area with a lot of snow, be sure to check between the pads of your dog’s foot. Make sure she does not track it in the house or ingest it. Like the coats, there are lots of different brands, colors, sizes and styles of dog boots that you will easily find the perfect pair. It is best to wear booties to protect your dog’s paws when walking on snow and salt. Salt serves as an irritant on the dog’s legs and the snow is very cold. Booties will keep the legs warm and free from salt irritation.
3-Avoid leaving your dog in the car:
You will be surprised to know that leaving your dog in the car, even for a few minutes when it is cold outside, can be very dangerous for your dog. Cold cars become like refrigerators and can quickly chill your dog, so if you are off the chores on a cold day, leave your dog at home.
4-Limit your walks:
The less your dog is out, the less likely he is to get hypothermia or to take antifreeze or frostbite. Frostbite can be a problem for some dogs, especially the hairless varieties. And do not let your dog eat snow; Snow causes stomach upset if swallowed and may be covering hidden objects such as frozen rabbits.
5-Keep away from water:
If your home is near a pond, lake or other body of water that freezes during the winter, be careful when walking with your dog or leaving it off your leash. Similar to people, dogs can easily fall through the ice, and it is very difficult for them to get out or be rescued.
6-Keep it on a leash:
Even as you do not want your dog to get loose or run away, I do not think you want to lose it when it’s cold outside; your dog can easily fall through the ice or blend with the snow if it is light in color. To avoid such ugly incidents have your dog in a lease most of the time when he is busy.
7-Provide heating on cold nights:
This is particularly important for arthritic dogs and older dogs stiffen up in the colder weather. Consider using a hot dog bed or a hot water bottle. Keeping warm around their joints can greatly aid their comfort. In addition, simple things can help, such as placing a thick blanket over the dog once they have settled down for the night.
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