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Things Pet Owners Need to Keep in Mind During Winter

Things Pet Owners Need to Keep in Mind During Winter


Does your dog love winter or do they run back into the warm house as soon as they feel the frosty air? Winter is almost here and we need to be prepared to keep our pets safe during these cold days that is why we put together some important safety tips.

Does your dog need a winter coat?

That’s a question many people ask. Dogs have a variety of fur thickness and length, which determines if their fur is genetically designed to keep them warm. Large dogs with a thick and dense fur coat are protected from the cold including, northern breeds like Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies. Even with dogs like Corgis that have thick coats, their belly sits low to the ground, which can brush against snow and ice needing them to wear a coat to protect that part of their body.  Dogs with short, thin fur like Chihuahuas or Greyhounds will need a winter coat to keep them warm because their fur won’t.

Go outside when the sun is shining

If your dog doesn’t like the cold, take them for a walk in the late morning or early evening when the sun is still shining and the temperature is a little warmer.

Protect them from heaters

Many dogs after a walk outside run straight to a heat source to warm themselves up and some dogs just like to rest there during the day. If you have a fireplace make sure to pet-proof it and avoid using space heaters because your pet can easily burn themselves if they get too close and lean on them.

 Paw Care!

Their paws always require care, but when it’s cold they need extra care. Trim the hair between the pads and around the feet to minimize ice building up between the pads. Rinse with warm water or use wet wipes to wipe your dog’s feet to get off salt or any chemicals used to melt ice. If you notice your dog’s paw having cracks or it being dry use a soothing paw balm. To prevent your furry friend from having dry paws, massage balm on their paws before taking them outside.

NEVER leave your dog in the car unattended (doesn’t matter what season it is)

Most people know that leaving your dog in the car in summer is dangerous and it is just as dangerous and irresponsible in winter. If you have to make errands, leave your dog at home instead. If you leave your dog in the car when it’s freezing outside they can get hypothermia. Hypothermia in dogs is an extreme lowering of body temperature, which can be fatal.

Signs of Hypothermia:

  • Shivering
  • Stiff muscles
  • Low heart and breathing rates
  • Gums and inner eyelids are pale or blue
  • Difficulty walking
  • Coma

Comfy bedding for pleasant sleep

Warm blankets, a raised bed with their favorite stuffed animal or toy can make them feel cozy during winter. Don’t let them sleep on the cold tiles, make sure that they stay warm.

Winter is the coldest season of the year, which is why we have to pay extra attention to our furry friends. They are part of the family so it is our responsibility to take care of them.