Bitter cold, numbing wetness, biting winds cause discomfort for your special someone – your pet! Paying attention to your pet’s wellbeing will surely keep you both ready to enjoy the season! Here are some tips to keep your dog warm and happy this winter season.
Although your dog has a thick fur, you may need to get him a sweater for long winter walks that would cover the belly and neck. It will still not prevent frostbite, as your dog’s ears, tail, and feet will be exposed, but it will prevent the cold from getting to your dog fast!
Try to Catch the Sunshine
Try to walk your dog during late mornings or early afternoons. Try to spend your playing time while exposed to the sun. Avoid sticks when outside, instead keep your dog’s toys on your backpack!
Your dog will be happy indoors
Our dogs need to be with us, indoors. They are the happiest if you make it possible for them to live inside with you while taking him out for frequent walks and exercise! It is not at all recommended to leave your dog outdoors when the temperatures get on the cold-side. Plus, there are many great ways to keep your dog entertained and playful indoors!
In addition to limiting your dog’s time outdoors, take care of where your dog sleeps during winter time. Do not let your dog sleep on a cold floor! The right bedding will make sure your dog is warm! Make sure you also choose the right bed:
– A warm blanket may create a snug environment for your dog
– Raised beds keep the dog off cold floor tiles
– Heated beds keep the stiffness away from aging joints.
Heaters are Not the Next Best Thing
Even though your dog may often seek heat during harsh cold winters, avoid space heaters by any chance! Installing a baseboard radiator will avoid the risk of your dog getting burnt!
Fireplaces are not the best option either, as you must really make sure you have a pet-proof system and your dog safe!
Moisturizing is Key
Just as it happens with humans, your dog’s skin may get dry and flaky because of the dry and cold weather. To avoid the burden, try adding skin and coat supplement to your dog’s food, fish and coconut oil to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. If you notice that your dog’s ears, paws or tail are dry and even cracking, apply coconut oil on the area topically.
Paw Care at any Cost
Dogs also suffer from cracked pads! If your dog has furry feet, trim the hair growing between his pads so that ice does not build-up in-between. Winter salt that is found on city sidewalks can burn your dog’s pads and is also toxic. To prevent unnecessary trouble, rinse or wipe your dog’s paws to remove the salt! Do not let your dog lick his paws before cleaning! You may also use dog booties if you notice your dog showing any signs of discomfort when outside for a walk!
Snow removing is a great idea, especially if piled up near fences that your dog may climb and escape! Pile the snow away from fences if you are going to clear the snow in your yard! As temperatures rise and the sun comes out, the snow and ice accumulated on rooftops may slide to hurt your dog, so think about that, too!
Keeping your furry friend in mind this winter will help them be comfortable and safe. If you have any questions about your dog’s health during the colder months, contact us.