The winter is fast approaching! Whether it be cold, snow, ice, salt or rain it can cause damage to your dog's feet during the winter months.
If you’re lucky enough to be living in a country where the temperature rarely drops below zero; Lucky you! For the rest of us, below are 3 things you should do to prepare your dog for the cold winter months:
- Limit their time outdoors
No dog, even a Husky or a thick-coated breed, is safe from frostbite or hypothermia, so make sure you decide how long they stay outside. If you rather stay inside and let them play outside, make sure they have the option to come back inside at any time. Just like us, dog’s cold tolerance varies from dog to dog based on their body fat, health, activity level, and the thickness of their coat. Be aware of their tolerance for the cold weather and shorten your walk if needed.
- Keep them dry
Once you return from your walk make sure to wipe down your dog’s paws and dry your dog’s legs, belly, and ears. If you live in an area where the sidewalks are salted and chemical de-icers are used it might be a good idea to give your dog a quick wash. Keeping their hair short and clean will also help and you might want to consider waterproof boots. Not every dog might want to wear booties but my dog loves wearing them. They’re very durable and there’s no mess after a rainy walk. (Personally very about happy about this)
- Keep them warm
Sounds logical, doesn’t it? Get them a coat to keep warm, a nice warm bed or a blanket. My dog’s favorite bed is this Triangles bed. It’s actually so cozy and comfortable that my cat, Coco, decided that the bed is hers now. On nights when she’s out, the bed belongs to him ;-) (Don’t worry, he has other beds as well)
Lastly, if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, make sure they have a warm doghouse and enough water and food.
Let us know how you prepare your dog for Winter!
Keep on walking,
Dog to the Moon