Mostly people have only the knowledge of the risks posed by the warm weather. But do you know that the cold weather can pose serious threats to your furry pal’s health. It is important that you take more care about your pet during the cold weather. Here are some of the ways to protect your canine friend as follows:
Effective Tips To Caring Your Dog In Cold Weather
1. Dogs should not be kept outdoors during the cold weather. They can get frostbitten ears, noses and feet, if left outside. You can take them out only when necessary.
2. If you are keeping your dog out for some period of time, make sure that you provide him an elevated dog house with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out. Don’t forget to attach the door to the dog house, to protect him from the cold weather.
3. Keep checking the water bowls to ensure, that the water is not frozen. Avoid using metal bowls, or your dog’s tongue can stick to frozen metal.
4. If your dog gets wet from rain and snow, gently towel or blow dry your dog. Clean and dry the paws, as well to avoid the tiny cuts and cracked pads.
5. It’s better to avoid taking your pet on driveways and sidewalks, as there will be chemicals used to melt the snow and ice. This can be dangerous to your pet, as it can burn the paws, mouth and belly after a walk.
6. Large breed and long haired dogs that are well acclimated, may need or wish to spend more time outside. Dog kennels provide temporary shelter, but prolonged periods of extreme cold are still unwise.
7. Small breeds, thin dogs, shaved or short coated dogs are especially vulnerable to the cold. They should wear a sweater or coat outside and shouldn’t be outside unattended or for too long.
8. Animals under the age of four months cannot regulate body temperature well and will need to be kept indoors.
Adjust your pet’s diet as necessary. If your dog spends a lot of time outside, he may need more calories in the winter to produce body heat. If your dog spends most of his time indoors and has a decrease in activity, he may require fewer calories. When in doubt, always ask your vet about seasonal diet changes.
If, despite these precautions your pet suffers from exposure to the cold, wrap them up in a blanket and go to your veterinarian as soon as possible.