Cold Weather Tips for Dogs

Exposure to winter’s cold, dry air and chilly rain, sleet, and snow can cause itchy, flaking skin and chapped paws, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous. When the weather outside is cold, your dog could be at risk. Here are some tips to ensure your furry best friend stays safe.

  1. Know your dog’s limit

Some dogs are more vulnerable to the cold. For example, thin, short-coated, elderly, or young puppies can get cold more quickly. Make sure to adjust the time they spend outside to how they handle the cold. If your dog enjoys being outdoors, consider getting them a sweater or coat to help them keep warm. Dogs can get hypothermia and frostbite just like we do.

  1. Wipe their paws

During walks in the winter, your dog’s paws can pick up toxic chemicals such as antifreeze, salt, or de-icers. Be sure to wipe off their paws when returning from a walk to prevent them from licking them off and becoming sick

  1. Keep them on a leash.

More pets get lost in the winter than any other season because snow can disguise scents that typically help dogs find their way home. Prevent your dog from getting lost by keeping them on a leash during walks. Also, make sure their collars and microchips have up-to-date contact information just in case.

  1. Avoid ice

Make sure you avoid frozen lakes and ponds when walking your dog. They could get seriously injured or even killed if the ice breaks.

  1. Leave them home or take them to doggy daycare.

Cold cars are just as dangerous as hot cars. Just like leaving them outside for too long can cause hypothermia and frostbite, leaving them in a cold car can do the same.

If you are looking for an option to keep your dog warm and dry this winter, contact us. We have great doggy daycare and boarding options for both long and short-term stays.

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