The best tip is to leave your pet inside during cold weather, but if you can’t always do that, then use these suggestions to help your dog.
Get a Warm Dog CoatOne that reaches from neck to tail, and covers the belly.
Give Your Dog Cozy BeddingA soft blanket to keep them away from drafts, or a cold floor. A heated dog bed is better.
Keep Your Dog HydratedLike us, they’ll need more water in winter. Make sure their water is not frozen.
Take Care of Their PawsTrim hair between pads to keep frozen snow from building up. Clean pads to remove any salt or de-icer that may burn them. Dog Booties are a great preventative. Remember they are barefooted.
Don’t Leave Your Dog in a Parked CarExtreme temperatures are as dangerous in the winter as they are in summer.
Avoid Exposure to ToxinsEspecially Anti-Freeze and Sidewalk De-Icers. Clean up any spills, and rinse their paws off after walking on treated surfaces.
Observe Your Dog for Signs of Hypothermia and Frostbite
- Frostbite won’t occur until it gets in 5-10°F range, but Hypothermia can occur at 40°F – if your dog is wet!
- Frostbite will be around extremities – ears, paws, tail. Watch for pale or gray skin or hard & cold skin.
- Hypothermia means their body temperature is dropping to dangerous levels. They may be too cold, gotten wet, or have poor circulation or health. Check Ears & Feet for warmth. If they’re lethargic or look weak, have stiff muscles, or don’t respond to you – they’re too cold and maybe have hypothermia.
- IMMEDIATELY bring them inside and warm them up.