When the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fly, you adjust your routine to stay comfortable and cozy. It is just as important that you change your pet’s routine so you can keep him happy.
Even if you have a dog who loves the snow and cold, you need to make sure they are protected when they go out. Many pet owners live with the misconception that just because a dog has fur, they can tolerate the cold better than we can. But just like us, our pets get used to the indoor shelter when the weather turns cold.
Jorgensen Labs, your source for veterinary supplies, offers these tips to keep your pets safe in the winter.
Your dog needs a well-groomed coat to help keep him insulated in cold temperatures. This is important if your dog spends a lot of time outside. After a bath, dry your dog thoroughly and brush him out before allowing him to go outside.
Dogs can become dehydrated in the winter just as easily as they can in the summer. For this reason, it is important that you keep a bowl of fresh water handy at all times. If you keep water outside, check it often to ensure there isn’t a layer of ice on the surface.
You might think that your dog got a little bigger in the winter due to excess fur. That might be the case, just make sure it is not an extra layer of fat. If your dog hates the snow and cold, he will be less likely to go outside and burn calories. If this is the case, you might have to adjust the amount of dog food you give him to help keep him fit and trim.
Beware of Heaters
If your dog is cold, he might be tempted to sleep next to the space heater. This is not good as he could suffer burns. You will also want to ensure your dog can’t get too close to the fireplace.
In the winter, you sleep with four blankets and a thick comforter. Don’t make your dog sleep on a cold and drafty floor in the winter. It is a good idea to invest in a dog bed that will keep him off of the cold floor and cozy on those cold winter nights.
Limit Outdoor Time
It’s great if your dog loves to go outside and play in the snow, but even the dogs with thick fur will eventually get cold. It’s fine to have your dog outside or take him for frequent walks, just limit the amount of time your dog spends in the cold.
Take Advantage of the Sun
It’s better to take your dog for a walk in the early afternoon on sunny days. You should spend time outdoors when it is sunny and avoid evening and early morning walks as it could be too cold for Fido.
Watch for Hypothermia
Watch for any problems your pets might have when they are in the cold. If your dog is anxious, whining, shivering or weak, take them inside right away and get them warmed up.
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