Dog Winter Safety Checklist

 In Dog Personalities, Homemade Dog Treats, Our Blog

Winter is the season to use our jackets, sweaters, mittens and other apparels to keep warm. However, these apparels are not enough to render the care for our dogs in the cold weather. Moreover, if your dog is old, its ability to regulate its natural body heat is less responsive than before.

Make sure to keep your dog safe and warm during the winter, here is a quick checklist for the winter.

Keep the leash on your dog…

Dogs should be kept indoors during winter, however, there are chances that dogs can run out of the house. Winter season can affect their sense of smell, they cannot sniff their way back to the house. Thus, keep them leashed or better yet, keep the windows or doors closed.

Do not shave your dogs…

Their fur acts as an insulator and aids in regulating their body temperature. However, you can trim down if they are long enough for snow and ice clumps.

Bathe your dog sparingly…

Avoid giving your dog frequent baths, this can result in dry, flaky skin that can lead to high susceptibility to cold.

Brush your dog on a regular basis…

Most pet owners do not give their dogs a bath during the winter season, however, the dead fur should still be removed. Thus, maintain the smoothness and cleanliness of their coat by brushing it regularly.

Keep your dog dry…

Usually, the winter season is wet due to rain or snow, check whether your best friend is cold and damp, it can lead to infection, irritation, or even arthritis. If you caught them wet, dry them with a blower or a clean towel.

Remove ice and snow from the dog’s paws…

On the paw of your dogs, ice and snow can easily clump. Make sure to remove these clumps and rinse off their feet with warm water to remove salt and chemicals that can possibly stick on his feet. The cold, ice and salted pavements can cause irritation to their paws.

Know the tolerance of your dog…

Each dog have their own tolerance, long-haired dogs can tolerate the cold temperatures than those dog breeds that have short hair. More so, dogs who have health conditions such as Cushing’s disease and diabetes can have a hard time regulating their body temperature.

Provide high protein foods…

During the winter dogs can have joint problems or anxiety issues, foods that are high in protein can help them regulate warmth. The best source of protein is cooked fish, chicken, meat or eggs.

Proper exercise for your dog…

Walks and exercises may be skipped during the winter season, however, this should be prevented. Proper exercise should be done to prevent obesity and arthritis in your dogs. Plan out activities that can substitute their outdoor activities. Monitor their weight, continue to provide them a healthy diet.

If the weather is cold for you, then it is for your dog. Let your dog stay indoors until the temperature drops. Provide them more food to aid them in maintaining their normal body weight.

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