Winter Safety Tips for Your Dog

A warm dog is a happy dog
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." - Bernard Williams



Be conscious of exactly how cold it is, as well as the wind chill factor. A doghouse is good to have but may not shelter them from frostbite on their extremities. Be sure to transport your pet in out of the wintry weather. Put down a warm blanket for them to sleep on, since tiles can be cold. You can also purchase beds made for dogs at your local pet store.

Another misunderstanding is that snow is a replacement for fresh water. Make sure that your pet always has fresh water on hand to drink, in spite of the weather conditions.

Fur can provide a measure of warmth for your pet, but fur that is long can also pick up clumps of snow and ice, making it uncomfortable for them. Trim the areas all-around the paws to keep this from happening. Dogs with little hair don't get the same degree of warmth as dogs with long hair. Buy them doggie sweaters or knit one yourself. They will keep your dog warm and make them look even more charming.

Many places salt icy streets to provide traction. This salt or deicer can be agonizing to dogs, if they get into the cracks of their paws. By rubbing a thin film of petroleum jelly on the underside of their paws, it will lower the amount of salt that sticks to them. When you get back home, be sure to wash their feet so that they will always be able to walk comfortably.

Damp fur can be uncomfortable for your pet. When coming back from a walk in rainy or snowy surroundings, be sure to dry them off, preferably with a blow dryer.

The cold of winter can be just as hazardous to your dog as the summer heat. Use common sense and keep him safe and warm.



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