How to keep your dog warm in winter?
We would like to bring to you the guide that The Blue Cross has published today on their Facebook Fan Page. In order to help all the dog owners to take proper care of their beloved puppies this winter, take your time to read the article on how to help keep your pet warm, happy and safe.
Once the temperatures go down, you should never leave your dog outside unattended. Although most pet dogs spend a lot of time inside, you should remember about it once you go out. The pet dogs aren’t used to the extreme cold so could develop hypothermia or frostbite. Short-coated breeds, like greyhounds, Dobermans and Chihuahuas really struggle to cope with the cold so make sure they’ve got a cosy doggy jumper or coat on when they go outside. If your dog starts lifting up their paws, whining or stopping while out on walks it could well be because their feet are too cold, so it’s a good idea to invest in some boots for them to wear. Trim the hair around your dog’s feet to help prevent ice-balls – these form between the pads and toes of the feet and are really painful.
When you go out for a walk and go on salted pavements it is necessary that you wash your dog’s paws after a walk as salt and grit can really irritate their footpads. You'd better stay away from frozen ponds or lakes and keep your dog on a lead near frozen water. If they do run on to it, it’s tempting to go after them but it’s really important that you don’t. Most dogs are strong swimmers and are more likely to get themselves out of trouble than you are. Don’t be a fair-weather friend – take your dog out in all weathers where possible but be careful in slippery conditions. If you’re elderly, don’t put yourself at risk, keep your dog at home and spend time playing games indoors to stop them from getting too bored or frustrated. If your dog is less active during the winter months, don’t forget to cut back a bit on what you feed them. When you’re out walking wear bright/reflective clothing so you can be seen by motorists during the dark evenings. You can also get some great reflective gear for dogs too.
It’s not just people who are tempted to overindulge themselves during Christmas period. Dogs that eat human food can cause the upset tummy and turkey bones can choke them.
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Text source: Blue Cross Org, image source:blogguelph.com