5 tips to protect your dog this winter

Quick Winter Safety Tips for Your Dog

If you live somewhere or are traveling to somewhere that gets a cold winter then these quick tips are for you!

It's important to keep our dog's safe at all times but especially during winter when temperatures can become dangerously cold.

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1. Protect their paws from snow and ice buildup

When dogs have long fur on their paws they are more likely to get snow and ice buildup in between their paw pads. Trimming their fur can help to prevent this.

Also, allowing your dog to outside with wet or damp paws will cause ice buildup on their paws. This can happen if you let your dog outside, then bring them inside to warm up for a minute or two and then let them back out. 

Another option is to get snow booties for your dog to wear when you're outside.

 

2. Protect their paws from sidewalk salt/ice melt

Most people will salt their sidewalks and majority of cities will salt their roads during winter.

Remember, you have shoes on but your dog doesn't. While it doesn't phase you to walk on sidewalk salt it will cause problems for your dog.

Some dogs can experience a burning sensation from the ice melt which we of course want to prevent.

Another reason to protect your dog's paws from the ice melt is that it's a chemical your dog is absorbing through their paws and ingesting when they lick their paws.

The best way to protect against this is to put snow boots on your dog.

If your dog absolutely refuses to wear them you can wipe their paws clean when you get back from your winter walk. Just use a warm, soapy washcloth to wipe your dog's paws including in between the paw pads.

 

3. Keep your dog warm inside

Some dogs just really aren't meant for cold weather and are cold even inside their homes.

Make your home as comfortable as possible for your dog during this time. This doesn't mean you have to crank up the heat.

Dog sweaters are an easy way to add some warmth to your dog. But don't leave any apparel on your dog unattended.

There are also burrow beds you can purchase. These are beds that have a sheet going over the top that is connected on all sides except one so that your dog can go underneath the sheet and curl up to stay warm. The sheet on top helps to trap your dog's body heat. And these beds come in a large variety of sizes.

They even make heated dog beds now!

 

4. Limit outside time

Believe it or not, dogs can actually surfer from frostbite. Especially on the more sensitive areas or areas with less fur like their ears or tips of their tails.

During the colder days limit the amount of time your dog is outside.

Of course there is a bit of an exception for double coated dogs like huskies who were built for cold weather. But still, don't leave them out for longer than necessary.

 

5. Keep your dog's age in mind

Just like people, young dog's and older dog's have a hard time regulating their body temperature. So even if the weather isn't extreme, it may be a good idea to keep puppies and senior dogs indoors more often during the colder months.

 

If you found this helpful, please share it with your dog loving friends so they can keep their dog safe during winter.

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