How to have SNOW much fun with your dog this winter.
Don’t be fooled by their fur, dogs need help staying warm in the winter! Here’s everything you need to know before having fun in the snow!
1. In or Out?
Dogs love to be warm just like us, and during these winter months, it’s important to consider their comfort and health in colder temperatures. Take them out for walks and exercise, then bring them inside to get warm. Consider the idea that, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for them too.
2. Time Your Walks
The coldest times of the winter season are in the early mornings and right after sunset. If you are planning on exercising with your dog, longer walks should be done during the mid-morning and early-afternoon when the temperatures are warmest and the sun is it’s strongest.
3. What to Wear?
Sweaters and coats are good garments to throw on your dog and they take only a short amount of time to slip on. Plus, they’re totally adorable. Let’s face it.
Another option of outdoor-wear for dogs are shoes/booties. These are especially handy for long walks and they’ll help you give your pup the exercise they’re looking for.
4. Avoid Antifreeze
One large hazard for pups and a big concern for their humans is antifreeze. Antifreeze can often leak from cars and dogs may want to lick it because of it’s sweet taste. As a known toxic chemical, even a small dose can be fatal to your dog.
Avoid antifreeze accidents altogether by walking away from parked cars on the street and make sure your garage floors are clean and dry.
5. Too Much Heat Is Never A Good Thing
Heat sounds like a good thing during the winter, right? That depends. Everything in moderation. Your pup will want to curl around space heaters and open fires, so it’s important to take precautions.
Puppy proof the area around your fire by installing a screen so no excess sparks fly off and singe them. Also consider floor-vent guards to keep them from sleeping too close and burning their skin.
6. Never Leave Your Dog In The Car
“Just as cars can get dangerously hot in summer, freezing cold temperatures are equally dangerous for your dog in winter. Leaving the car running involves additional risks, including carbon monoxide poisoning if the car is parked in a garage. Leave your dog at home when you go out to run errands” – Dog Naturally Magazine.
7. Sweep Away the Salt
If you live in a state where salt is used to keep the sidewalks from icing over again, then you’re probably accustomed to having your pup track salt in the house.
Remember to sweep your entryway for any excess salt when you get back in the house and to rinse your pup’s paws after walks to make sure that they’re clean. Don’t forget to let them dry afterwards!
8. Don’t Forget About Frostbite
Even with the booties and coats that your dog might be wearing, frostbite is still a real issue in the winter. A pup with a short coat of fur is even more at risk.
Tails, ears, and paws are particularly susceptible to being damaged by the cold. Remember to check for signs of frostbite which appear as firm, waxy skin and blisters. If you suspect that this may be an issue, consult your trusted vet.
9. “Chewsing” The Right Toys
Always try to keep your pup away from sticks in the snow. Blisters are bad, and they’re even worse when they’re wet and become even more difficult to remove. Opt for hard and easily-visible toys when you’re out playing in the snow.
Bright-colored frisbees work well including: Bionic Urban Sticks, Bionic Bones and Orka Balls.
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