As the winter months come rolling in with cold weather, it is important that we keep our dogs healthy and safe. During the winter season, it can snow in many places, and it is important to take precautions when your dog is in the snow. Further, diet and exercise can change based on what you are able to do with your dog. Further, make sure you provide your dog with stimulating toys in the winter because they may not be able to go outside as often as they do in other seasons.
Dogs are susceptible to all of the harm snow can cause to humans. This includes hypothermia, frost bite, and dry skin. Be sure to protect your dog’s skin, ears, tail, nose and paws because they are susceptible to frost bite. Consider bundling your dog up with a layer of clothing, or only go outside for short periods of time so that your dog doesn’t have tissue damage. Further, make sure that your dog is moisturized. You can apply oil and give your dog supplements!
Exercise and Mental Stimulation
In the winter months it may be hard to exercise your dog as much as they need because of the harm snow can do. It is important that your dog stays active during the winter months, you can find creative ways to keep your dog active while still keeping them warm indoors. You could possibly look into getting a dog treadmill or run them outside where there isn’t snow on the ground in short intervals. Dogs also may get bored during the season, so it is important to have toys that will mentally stimulate your dog so that they don’t become depressed. Click here to see a great list of dog toys that will keep your dog entertained during the winter season: https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/19-toys-to-keep-your-pet-active-this-winter
The winter season can cause a dog to be less active, thus meaning your dog won’t need as much food. Lazy behavior can cause a pet to want to eat more out of boredom, and it is important that you do not over feed your dog. Be sure to adjust your dog’s food intake dependent on the activity they have.
While it can be tough during the winter season to keep your dog healthy and safe, it is possible to achieve this balance with proper diet, exercise, mental stimulation and snow precautions.