We all know that winter is a wonderful time of year for fun and being close to your family but a lot of people tend to forget to take extra care of their dogs during the cold season.
Here are some facts and advice on how to care for your pet this winter.
Don't leave your dog in the cold for too long. In the cold outdoors your dog's body temperature is sensitive. Wind Chills make the days colder than the actual temperature readings so please limit your dogs time outside.
Make sure to keep blankets and beds out for dogs if your home has tiles or uncarpeted surfaces. These areas can become very cold so be sure to keep in mind about them staying warm in the places.
Be careful about playing near frozen lakes, rivers, or ponds with your dog. They can slip and fall in which could cause serious injuries.
Groom your dogs coat regularly to keep it properly insulated . Shorter coat dogs may get extra cold so it is a good idea to get them a sweater of coat.
Feed your dog more calories if it spends a good bit of time outdoors. It takes extra energy in the winter to keep their body temperature regulated so more calories are recommended.
Towel or blow dry your dog if it gets wet from rain or snow. it's very important that the paws stay dry to avoid cuts and crackled pads. A small amount of petroleum jelly may soften the pads and prevent further cracking.
Please do not leave your dog alone in your car. If the car is left on, the
carbon monoxide could endanger your dog and if the engine is left off the temperature could get too cold for your dog.
Usually antifreeze collects on driveways and roadways. It is highly poisonous. Please keep an eye on your god while outdoors.
People use rock salt to melt ice on sidewalks and roads. This can irritate foot pads so be sure to rinse and dry your dogs feet after a walk.
Fresh water is very important in the winter because dogs can get just as dehydrated as they do in the summer. Snow is not a good substitute for water.
Make sure to keep fireplaces covered and portable heaters out of reach. These supplemental heat sources can severely burn your dog if not tended to properly.
Although giving a dog as a gift is a nice thought, you should make sure to consider the responsibility for caring for a dog. Dogs can live up to 20 years (depending on the breed) and its very important to know if the recipient truly wants and can care for a dog this long. This means providing a lot of love and attention, plenty of exercise, and regular veterinary care.
Poinsettia, holly, and mistletoe can make your dog sick if consumed. Be sure to place all holiday plants out of reach.
It can be very harmful and/or fatal for dogs to eat cookies, chocolate, raisins, alcohol, or other holiday treats. Please pay special attention to your dog with all foods and drinks.
Make sure to keep holiday lights and decorations off the lower branches of
your Christmas tree. Dogs like to chew and may be shocked or electrocuted. Also severe damage can be done if decorations are consumed.
The holiday season can be very stressful for dogs so try to keep a regular schedule with them to help them during all the excitement.
We hope these tips and tricks help you with your canine care this winter!
Credit of resources goes to the American Kennel Club. www.akc.org