The winter season has already kicked off to a nippy, arctic and snowy start. Although snow days are continuously fun for us, our dogs don’t always agree. Especially if they’re not well equipped for freezing temperatures, icy pavements and frozen grass. Here are 10 easy and essential ways to keep your dog safe this winter season.
- A coat
While this may seem like an obvious thing, you’d be surprised. Unless your dog has a natural winter coat, wrap your dog up in a winter jacket to keep his vital organs warm. Find a coat designed to keep your pup warm but doesn’t limit their mobility.
- Keep their ears dry
Moist doggy ears can lead to painful ear infections and expensive vet bills. Cleaning their ears out after snow activities can prevent that from happening. So do it!
- Lay out warm blankets
Don’t you enjoy snuggling under a giant comforter on cold winter nights? So does your dog. Lay out several warm blankets in your dog’s bed (wherever that may be) to keep them safe and warm.
- Proper paw care
Booties (if your dog will allow them on their feet) are the perfect accessory for cold dog feet. If you live in the city, make sure you apply Vaseline on their paws to protect from salted pavements or chemically treated sidewalks. If neither of these options works for your pooch, make sure to clean your dog’s feet at the end of the day to avoid cracked, dry paws.
- Avoid salt and de-icers
Salt and de-icers will dry your dog’s paws out and cause them to crack. These can also be toxic to your dog’s system if ingested. You and your dog should avoid this at all costs.
- Brush your dog
Brushing out your dog’s old fur causes newer, warmer fur to grow in.
- Limit time spent outdoors
Overexposure to freezing temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. Limit outdoor activities and know when you bring your dog inside.
- Extra treats
Why not? Your dog deserves a little extra love.
- Insulate their dog house
For the outdoor pups, make sure they have a warm escape in a properly insulted dog bed.
- Learn about your dogs breed
Each and every dog breed has different genetics. Some are better in the cold than others. Do your research and learn about your dog’s traits to keep them safe year round.