Preparing Your Dog for the Cold Months Ahead

 

Winter is fast approaching and your furry friend will need to brave the cold at some point. As a dog owner, it is important that you do all that you can to make the winter months as comfortable and safe for your dog as possible. DryPet is here to provide you with some helpful winter preparation tips.

 Get Your Dog a Coat

This probably seems silly, because your dog is covered in fur or hair, but unless you have a dog that was made for winter temperatures, it is likely that you pet is just as cold as you are when you are outside. A coat can help insulate your dog against the harsh temperatures and put your mind at ease during outdoor activity.

Dry Your Dog Off After Playing in the Snow

When your hair is wet after a shower, you will feel much colder than you would with dry hair. The same thing goes for dogs. Wet fur lowers your dog’s body temperature, so it is important to dry them off when coming inside after a romp in the snow.

Use the DryPet towel, which was created to cut down on the time it takes to dry your wet dog. The towel will help you quickly dry off your cold, wet pooch to prevent shivers and even hypothermia.

Take special care to dry around your dog’s ears. Water that gets stuck in or around the ears can lead to painful ear infections that require antibiotics to treat.

Protect Your Dog’s Feet with Booties

Even though they look silly, booties can protect your dog’s feet from the snow and any salt that was put down for ice or snow. Snow can quickly freeze to the pads of your dog’s feet. Deicer salt can burn your dog’s paw pads.

Wet or irritated paws can cause your pet to obsess over their feet. When they lick their feet excessively, they can get sores and infections. If your dog refuses to wear booties, you will need to take extra precautions. When you come inside, rinse off your dog’s feet and use the DryPet quick-drying towel to dry your dog’s feet off when you come in from outside.

Feed Your Dog More

If your dog is going to be spending much time outside this winter, add a little extra food to his or her bowl. Additional food will provide your dog with extra protein that will keep your dog’s coat healthy. A healthy coat is important to keeping your dog warmer in the cold weather.

Keep Your Dog Away from Antifreeze

Antifreeze is the most common toxic substance ingested by pets during the winter months. The ethylene glycol in antifreeze is extremely toxic to dogs and even a small amount can cause severe damage to your dog’s kidneys. To prevent ingestion, don’t store antifreeze where your dog can reach it, and be sure to clean up any spills. If your radiator is leaking, get it fixed right away and don’t let your dog near the puddles.

Avoid Feeding Your Dog Holiday Foods

While giving your pooch a bite of turkey might not seem like a big deal, be careful feeding your pet human food during the holidays as it can be dangerous. Bones found in meat can cause your pet to choke, and some common foods, like chocolate, are deadly to dogs.

Provide Thicker Bedding

Small dogs or those who have thin coats are more likely to be bothered by even the slightest cold draft in your home. Provide thicker bedding or a couple of additional blankets that they can curl up under to stay warm.

Bring Outside Dogs In

If your dog usually lives outside, it might be hard to adjust to having them in the home, but it is safer for them to be inside, away from the elements. If you can’t bring them in your home, consider putting them in your garage at night and putting a well-insulated dog house outside for them during the day.

Keep your beloved dog safe this winter with these tips from DryPet. Plus, don’t forget to give your dog extra cuddles and affection this winter to keep both of you warm—at least that’s what you are going to tell yourself.