Winter weather can pose health risks to your dog. Here are
5 Winter Care Tips For Your Dog
1) Brrr It’s COLD! Never leave your dog outside for a long period of time. Adjust your play and time outdoors. Be attentive to your dog’s body temperature. You must know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
Frostbite commonly occurs on your dog’s paws, ears and tail. Some of the signs are paleness of the affected skin, coldness and pain of the area when touched.
Hypothermia occurs when your dog’s temperature falls below normal and is unable to keep up with the loss of heat. Check your dog’s gums for paleness. Other symptoms are shivering and slower heart rate. Hypothermia can be fatal if left untreated.
If your dog shows signs of frostbite, he/she may be also experiencing hypothermia. Seek immediate veterinary care.
2) Paw Care: Protect your dog’s paw from the snow, freezing ground and salty asphalt/concrete surfaces. Rock salt and ice melters can cause severe dermatitis and inflation of your dog’s paws. To prevents ice balls forming between and around your dog’s paw pads, trim your dog’s toe/foot pad fur. Apply balm to you dog’s pads before going out. Then, make sure to wipe it off/wash with warm water. Another option is to wear PawZ dog boots, it will protect your dog paws, keeps it warm and will provide traction control.
3) Fur Care: To keep your dog properly insulated during winter months, it is essential to have a well-groomed coat. Keep in mind, not only short haired dogs are vulnerable to cold temperatures, big furry dogs too. Consider purchasing a winter sweater or jacket for your dog.
4) Fleas and Ticks: Keep in mind it’s a myth,”Cold Weather Kills Fleas and Ticks.” Since your home is heated (above 65 degrees), it’s the perfect sanctuary for flea to be during winter months. For ticks, they are capable of surviving cold temperatures particularly when they are able to find a host to feed from. Remember: Fleas and Ticks prevention is essential throughout the year.
5) Feed and Hydrate: It is important to feed your dog accordingly to maintain a healthy weight. You will notice that your dog sleeps more in order to conserve energy. Keep track of your dog’s activities and make proper adjustment to your dog’s meals. Cold weather can bring risks of hydration too. Make sure to keep your dog hydrated and always provide accessible fresh water.
Have a Safe Winter with Your Dog