Keep Tails Wagging Through Winter
Dogs and people are alike when it comes to winter – some love playing in the snow and crisp air, while others would rather stay inside until spring. Either way, you and your dog will need to bundle up whatever the weather because when it comes to “winterizing” your dog, you can’t be too careful.
Here are a few things to look out for and do for your pup this winter:
· Don’t take your dogs for walks without proper protection against the elements. Even some large breeds get cold, and they need protection too. These breeds may appreciate sweaters when it is cold: Greyhounds, Mastiffs, Bulldogs, Pitbull, Doberman, Boxer, German Shorthaired Pointer, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Labrador Retriever. Consider buying dog booties, as their paws are just as sensitive as our human feet to cold or hot pavement.
· Get exercise together! Whether you are playing fetch with your dog indoors or bundling up and taking them for a walk, it’s crucial that your dog doesn’t stay cooped up and sedentary all winter.
· Before asking your dog to sit or lie down, think about the temperature of the ground underneath them. It can be very uncomfortable, and even dangerous, for dogs to come in contact with freezing surfaces.
· Don’t leave metal bowls outside. A dog’s tongue may stick to the bowl if the temperature gets too low.
· Don’t leave dogs in the car alone, even when it’s chilly out. Heat stroke can occur even in cool temperatures, so never leave your dog alone in the car to prevent risk. Even parked in the shade or with open windows, your dog may still be at risk.
With a bit of planning and prep, winter can be snow big deal for you and your dog.
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