Cold Weather Tips for Your Dog
Winter is in full force across much of the country. Remember, cold temperatures not only affect you, but your pups as well. Some thick-coated dog breeds such as Siberian Huskies, Great Pyrenees and Akitas may be more apt to take lowers temperatures in stride, but the health and safety of all your pets should always be considered.
Unfortunately, our pets aren’t able to just tell us when they are uncomfortable. As a pet parent, it’s important to pay attention to your dog indications of discomfort. Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe in cold weather
- Short-haired or hairless dogs such as English Bulldogs, Weimaraners and Boxers aren’t accustomed to cold weather. Help keep them warm with a well-fitting coat or sweater that isn’t restrictive to their movement.
- Your dog’s paws can be exposed to many different irritants this time of year. Be sure to regularly check paws during and after walks for cuts, cracked pads and ice accumulation. It’s a good idea to keep the fur between their paws to combat ice buildup. Booties made specifically for dogs can help protect their precious paws.
- Winter debris, including snow, ice and de-icing products are bound to find their way onto your dog’s fur. Make sure to wipe your dog off their coat after a walk including their paws. Some products used in the winter can be poisonous to pets if consumed by licking. Using pet-safe de-icing products around your home will help reduce the risk of ingesting substances that could be harmful.
- As dogs age, they can develop arthritis in their joints just like humans. Cold, damp winter can increase creaking joints and arthritis pain. Nutritional supplements with glucosamine can help alleviate arthritis pain in your pup.
You bundle everyone up when it gets cold out. Make sure you include your pups when you do so. Just as being cold is miserable for you, it is very uncomfortable for a dog.