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7 Ways to Take Care of Your Dogs in Winter

J. Wesley Porter June 5, 2018

Discover These Necessary Things to Do with Dogs in Winter

If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your dog. That is the rule of thumb when you opt to take your dog for a quick walk during winter. This could mean setting a different routine or making a minute adjustment to his food intake.

 

Dogs in winter experience several physical and mental changes. Keeping them warm is key, but there are also other important things to do with dogs in winter that you should keep in mind.

 

Mind Their Paws

While frostbite in healthy dogs is unlikely because “Their paws have very, very rich blood supply, as do their ears and tips of their tails,” as Dr. Pukay said in an article on Global News, your dog’s little stompers might still be in trouble because of the salts present on the side of the streets. Salt irritates dog skin and may make them chew on their own feet. Salt is also hazardous to dogs when ingested. This is when protection for dog’s paws in winter comes in. Make your dog wear booties when you go for a walk. In case your dog can’t be forced to wear booties, you can wash and wipe their paws with wet cloth and rinse off the salt when you get home.

 

In Case You Get Stranded

Get your checklist ready for the essential things you need in case blizzards strike in your area and prevent restocking supplies. The list should include food, water, blankets, medication, and a little something to entertain your beloved canine friend with.

 

Watch Out! Your Dog Might Get Burned

Dogs in winter like to snuggle in warm places. Prolonged exposure to hot instruments could burn your dog’s skin. You could protect your pets from these dangers by restricting access to these places or by installing covers and having pet-proof systems for your heaters.

 

You Might Be Overfeeding Him

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), obesity is a problem for more than half the country’s pets. Obesity in dogs could lead to more serious disorders. You may be feeding the usual amount, but dogs get lazy during winter. There will be less exercise to work off those calories.

 

Antifreeze

We use antifreeze to prevent ice in our garages and sidewalks. However, this substance is poisonous to dogs, which causes diarrhea, nausea, and even coma, even in just small amounts. The additive has an attractive smell to dogs, even to children, so they are more prone to ingesting the poisonous substance. You can avoid this by cleaning your garage and driveway of antifreeze, or you could just avoid leaving your dog outside in winter.

 

Beware during the Holidays

Our homes are usually filled with family, friends, and good food during the holidays. While these could fill us to our hearts’ content, some of these are very dangerous to our dog friends. Chocolates, grapes, and artificially sweetened candies contain toxic substances that can be fatal to dogs.

It Isn’t Only Our Skin That Gets Dry

Winter air dries skin. Apply natural moisturizers, such as coconut oil or use moisturizing shampoo for your dogs, and minimize the number of baths you give your pooch because bathing can cause skin drying.

 

Taking care of dogs, or any animal, is a big responsibility. And our tasks get harder when we experience weather extremes. We have a lot to look out for, especially for breeds that are more sensitive. Preparedness is key, as they say. So let us not take risks with our pets because as what Josh Billings said, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”

 

Do you have any other helpful tips in taking care of our dogs during winter? I’d love to know your thoughts on this topic. Feel free to share them by leaving a message or through my Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads profiles. Please do check out my book, A Spiritual Dog: “Bear” as well.

 

 

References

 

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. 2018. “An Estimated 60% of Cats and 56% of Dogs in the United States are Overweight or Obese.” Accessed May 3, 2018. https://petobesityprevention.org/

 

Chai, Carmen. 2014. “How to Keep Pet Dogs Happy
and Healthy in the Winter.” Global News Canada, January 31, 2014. https://globalnews.ca/news/1115112/how-to-keep-pet-dogs-happy-and-healthy-in-the-winter/

 

Gilpatrick, John. 2018. “7 Tips for Caring for Your Pet This Winter. Dog Care Center. Accessed May 3, 2018. https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_multi_caring_for_pets_during_winter

 

Purina. 2018. “Winter Safety Tips for Your Dog in Snow.” Dog Health. Accessed May 3, 2018. https://www.purina.com/dogs/dog-articles/dog-health/winter-safety-tips-for-your-dog-in-snow

 

Singh, Ashwani. 2018. “15 Winter Care Tips for Your Dog.” Dog Safety (blog). Accessed May 3, 2018. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/15-winter-care-tips-for-your-dog/

 

Tolford, Katherine. 2018. “7 Ways Cold Weather Can Affect Your Dog.”  Dog Care Center. Accessed May 3, 2018. https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/7-ways-cold-weather-can-affect-your-dog#

 

Wag Walking. 2018. “Itchy in Winter in Dogs.” Dog Symptoms. Accessed May 3, 2018 https://wagwalking.com/symptom/why-is-my-dog-itchy-in-winter

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