It's the middle of winter, so it's not the time to be out walking your dog in sub-zero temps. You may be fine with your coat, hat, heavy boots, scarf and gloves on, but your dog doesn't have all of that protection. His fur helps some, but being in the cold can lead to hypothermia and frostbite on his paws. See below for some cold weather tips for your dog to follow this winter.
Keep Dogs Indoors
If you normally keep your dog outside, it's best to bring him in when temperatures get too cold. Your dog can get frostbite or have suffer from hypothermia if subjected to the cold for too long. Keep a close eye on pets when you let them outside and take your pet out on a leash if you don't have a fenced in yard to prevent them from running off on colder days. Only allow your pet outside to go to the bathroom and then bring them back indoors.
Moisturize Paw Pads
Your dog's paw pads can get dry and even crack in colder weather, which can be painful for your pooch. Moisturize them with vaseline or some other type of moisturizing cream that will keep your pet's pads moisturized and also protected. Try to keep your dog from licking his paw pads and licking away the moisturizer you applied.
Avoid Using Salt
Don't use salt to dissolve ice on your driveway, sidewalks or patios, especially in areas where you dog may walk. The salt can be toxic for your dog if he licks his paw pads after walking across the salt. Use sand instead to spread on these walkways and make them less slippery.
Provide Plenty Of Water
Your dog needs water in winter just as much as he does in summer. Be sure he continues to drink water in cold winter months to stay hydrated, as dehydration can occur in winter as well. Keep fresh water in your dog's bowl and make sure he is drinking.
Keep An Eye On Your Dog
Keep a close eye on your dog in these colder months. If you notice your dog shivering, be sure he is warm by providing a warm blanket. If you notice he is lethargic or sleeping more often than usual take him to the veterinarian or your local animal hospital to be checked out. Hypothermia can set in rather quickly, so if you notice a problem you should seek help immediately.
Your dog needs to be cared for every day, but you should keep a close eye on your dog in extreme temperatures. Keep an eye on your dog and watch for any changes in his behavior or health. Take him to the veterinarian or animal hospital for help if you notice any changes or suspect hypothermia.