6 Cold Weather Safety Tips For Your Furry Friend

  • 05/11/2018

When the frigid weather strikes, it's important to watch out for your furry friends. Here are 6 cold weather safety tips every pet owner needs to know.

As the weather turns colder, it's the perfect chance to bundle up with a mug of hot cocoa, a cosy blanket, and of course, your beloved pup.

Though cold weather can be fun, it can also prove quite dangerous for your furry friend.

Make the most of your winter wonderland with your canine companion by following these six great cold weather safety tips.

1. Pay Attention to Your Dog's Paws 

Your dog's paws can say a lot about your their overall health, especially in winter. Check their paws frequently, especially if they spend a fair bit of time outdoors.

Look for signs of cracking or tearing after walks, as well as any ice or snow that may have collected between their claws.

Cracked paws may not seem like a big concern, but they leave your dog vulnerable to any number of illnesses and infections.

2. Know Your Pet's Limits 

Imagine standing outside in freezing weather for hours on end. It doesn't sound particularly fun, does it?

Odds are it isn't very enjoyable for your pet, either.

Though some breeds, such as Huskies, Chows, and Samoyeds thrive in cold weather, even they have limits.

Bring pets inside during cold weather as much as possible. If your pup simply loves being outside, even as the weather gets colder, consider picking up a heated dog house to keep them safe.

3. Bundle Up 

Though plenty of owners dress their dogs up for the sake of it, it's actually a great pet safety precaution.

If you own a short hair breed, stock up on sweaters or dog-friendly jackets to keep them warm and cosy.

4. Allow Your Dog's Coat to Grow 

Keeping up with your dog's hygiene in winter can be a chore, especially since regular baths can actually leave them vulnerable to colds.

In truth, your dog only needs a bath every few months, so giving them one or two baths throughout winter should be fine. And when you do bathe them, make sure to dry them off thoroughly.

5. Be Cautious About Antifreeze

Antifreeze is a great way to make sure your vehicle runs well, even as the weather turns downright frigid. But keep a close eye on your dog if you use it, as antifreeze is extremely poisonous to pets and can be fatal if ingested.

If you believe your dog ingested antifreeze, look for symptoms including:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Whimpering or whining
  • Fainting

 Because it's so easy for dogs to get a hold of antifreeze, it's always smart to have the number of a local veterinarian on hand.

6. Include an Extra Scoop of Food at Mealtimes

A healthy diet is integral to a long, happy life for your four-legged friend. During winter, however, it's often a good idea to give your dog an extra scoop or two of food to bulk them up.

That extra weight (within reason) can help keep them warm when it comes time to spend some time outdoors.

Follow These Cold Weather Safety Tips for a Fun, Safe Winter

As temperatures begin to drop and days grow shorter, keep these cold weather safety tips in mind to make sure you and your pet both have a wonderful winter.

And with the holidays coming up, make sure your pup has a safe, holly jolly Christmas by reading up on the most common doggy dangers at Christmastime.

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