Winter Time Is Fun Time
Unless you live in a place where it is sunny and warm all year round then you have to face the charms of winter. Sure, snow and a bit of cold weather is nothing you or your dog cannot handle, but do not forget that your pet, just as a child would, needs that special care to survive winter without any issues.
Playing in snow can be a lot of fun for you and your dog. However, snow can have unwanted effects if you do not take care of your pet. Freezing temperatures and icy water on the skin can weaken your dog and its immune system. In order to make winter a happy, fun and safe time of the year, you should take care of your little one.
Doghouse, House, Or No House
If the weather gets really cold and bad, consider your dog’s situation, would you like to sleep outside all night with just a shirt on? Of course not, neither would they like to freeze all night. Take care and during the really terrible freezing months, let your doggy in for the night. Or if they have a doghouse, make sure to make it cozy and warm, a few blankets can mean the difference to them.
Frozen Dinner And Ice
Unless your dog is one of those pets that actually like to stay in cold, do not let them freeze and become dog-icicles. Make sure you also give your pet an extra boost in their diet, it is colder, so they will need more energy to stay warmer. Pay attention to what they eat and take care not to overfeed them.
Fresh water is always important, not just during winter, but, due to water having the tendency to freeze during winter, check on your dog’s drinking bowl regularly. Do not let it freeze, ice will not quench your dog’s thirst and the poor thing will have to suffer to melt the ice somehow.
￼Fur Coat Or Jacket?
Grooming your dog is also another way to keep your precious pet safe and warm during winter. Make sure that your little buddy is well groomed and that you do not give unnecessary trimmings where it is not needed. For some breeds, their coat is more than enough to keep them warm during the cold, but, for some you might need to pick out a good looking jacket.
Nowadays, dog clothing ranges from simple dog jackets to little booties. These things can help your dogs survive long cold months and the booties help prevent salt rashes and irritations on their little paws. Now they can be warm and fashionable.
Take care of your dogs and pay attention when they show symptoms of catching a cold or if frostbite took a bite out of them. Keep them warm and dry because the winter weather can have an effect on their breathing and they can develop a nasty cough that needs immediate veterinarian help.
Keep all toxic items well out of your dog’s reach, and clean up any spill immediately. Be wary that antifreeze is very lethal but it tastes like heaven for dogs. Remember to keep your dogs safe and warm.
Written by Catherine Daniels, a huge animal lover, who loves writing about them in spare time. She enjoys hiking with her dog Cookie and cuddling with her cat Zoe.