Jan 15 2024

Yikes! Its Cold! Tips on keeping your pet safe and comfortable in cold winter weather

It comes every year, but somehow the cold January weather tends to hit us by surprise.  It can be hard on our canine companions too!   Here are some tips to keep your furry friend safe and comfortable during cold winter weather:

  1. Limit outdoor time: Dogs can suffer from frostbite, especially on delicate earflaps and tail tips. In extreme cold, it’s a good idea to keep dogs inside, with the exception of short bathroom breaks. If you must take your dog outside, keep the time limited in extreme cold to 15 minutes or less and watch for signs of discomfort such as shivering, vocalizing, and lifting a paw.
  2. Dress appropriately: Consider slipping your short-coated dog or puppy into a comfortable dog sweater or coat as an extra layer of warmth. This protection is particularly important if you shave your heavier or longer coated dog down during winter, to ease the adjustment to a sudden change in coat length.
  3. Protect their paws: Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate your dog’s paws. Consider using booties to protect their paws from the cold and chemicals. If your dog doesn’t tolerate booties, wipe their paws with a damp towel after being outside to remove any salt or chemicals.
  4. Watch for signs of hypothermia: Hypothermia can be life-threatening. Watch for signs such as shivering, lethargy, and weakness. If you suspect your dog has hypothermia, seek veterinary care immediately.

I hope these tips help you keep your furry friend safe and comfortable during the winter months. Stay warm! 🐾

John Glauser | Our Stories

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