Winter may be as tough on us as it is on our dogs. While it’s important to protect our four-legged friends from the harsh weather, a lot of people aren’t sure what they should do. Here are some tips that will keep your dog safe and warm during winter.
Invest in a Dog Coat
There’s a lot of debate as to whether dogs need a coat, or if their natural coats are sufficient. The answer really depends on several factors that can include the dog’s body size, its breed, and the environment. Dogs with a double coat are fine in 20˚F temperatures. Putting a breed with a double-coat may cause the dog to overheat. Smaller dog breeds and ones with thin coats will have a rough time in colder temperatures and temperatures in the twenties and teens may be life-threatening. Anyone with smaller or dog breeds with a thin coat should invest in a coat.
Switch to a Pet-Friendly De-Icer
The need to walk your dog doesn’t end because the weather is unfavorable. So, when you buy a de-icer to keep your sidewalks clear, buy sidewalk de-icer that is pet-friendly. Regular de-icer contains caustic ingredients that can damage your pet’s feet. If you use a de-icer or walk your pet on a path with de-icer, make sure you wipe their paws clean. You can also clean off the de-icer by placing their paws in warm water.
Prevent Dry Skin
The dry winter air is harmful to your dog’s skin. To prevent the skin from drying out by using leave-in conditioners and placing a humidifier in your home. If your dog starts to show signs of dry skin, consult your veterinarian and inquire about incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your dog’s diet.
Bring Pets Inside During Extreme Low Temperatures
Some temperatures are too low for even dogs with heavy coats. It’s important to bring them inside when the weather is extremely cold. Your dog is susceptible to ailments like frostbite and hypothermia. It only takes a few minutes for dogs to develop frostbite.
When it comes to winter weather, it’s best to use common sense as a guide. If you believe the weather is too cold for your dog, act accordingly. Bring your dog inside and put him in a coat. It’s best to be overly cautious than cause harm to your pet.