When winter is approaching and the weather becomes colder every day, your dog needs special care to stay warm this winter. Here a few tips to help your dog spend a happy and warm winter.
Decrease the times of your dog going out during the cold months. Make sure he won’t stay outside too long, especially when the temperatures are below freezing.
Regularly check and clean your dog’s paws, particularly after a hiking as the salt, ice or snow in the road can lead to frostbite or irritation.
Carefully watch for frostbite, which can be often seen on ears, the tail and footpads. The best way to avoid frostbite is to decrease the time your dog spent outdoors.
Provide those shorthaired or small breed dogs with a sweater when you are in a trip outdoors.
Feeding your dog with certain types of food, with which you can ensure your dog can get all the nutrition he needs to spend the most cold days in winter. During severe weather conditions, your dog may need more frequent meals or increased amounts. If you are not certain with the amounts of food, you can consult your veterinarian.
Even though antifreeze has a sweet taste that can attract dogs, it’s toxic to lead to severe illness and even death. Make sure your car has no access to the refrigerator or let it locked.
Provide a shelter for dogs are fond of outdoor activities. The shelter should be slightly elevated slightly off the ground, and it’s large enough for all dog’s activities in it; but you must make sure it’s small enough to keep body heat.
Immediately contact your veterinarian if you find severe changes in your dog, including energy-level or appetite-decrease.