Just like humans, dogs are affected by dropping temperatures, and it's up to us as pet parents to protect them from the elements. But don’t panic — with a little extra care and attention, you can keep your pup warm and safe during the winter season. These tips not only protect your four-legged family members from the cold, but also help ensure they have a healthy and happy winter.
☃️Dress Your Dog For The Weather
Some dog breeds have thick fur coats that naturally protect them from the cold, but others may need a little extra help. Consider getting your pup a cozy dog sweater or a waterproof dog coat. These can provide essential insulation, especially during chilly walks.
🐾Protect Their Paws
Cold pavement and icy sidewalks can be harsh on your dog's paws. Consider investing in some dog booties to keep their feet warm and to prevent ice and salt from causing irritation. After walks, be sure to wipe their paws clean and check for any signs of damage.
🏠Provide Adequate Shelter
If your dog spends time outdoors, make sure they have access to a warm, dry shelter. An insulated doghouse with proper bedding, such as blankets or straw, can help keep them nice and toasty during their outdoor adventures.
☂️Keep Your Dog Dry
Moisture can make the cold even more unbearable. Keep your dog dry during walks by using a waterproof doggy raincoat. Towel-dry them if they get wet and be extra cautious to dry them thoroughly, especially after playing in the snow.
🦴Adjust Their Diet
Dogs burn more energy in the winter to stay warm, so they may need a bit more food — especially more protein and fat. You may want to add foods like beef, chicken, turkey and duck to their meals. This is super easy to do by sprinkling meal toppers (like Healthybud’s Joint Boosters, Gut Boosters or Calming Aids) onto your pup’s usual meals. Always consult your vet for guidance before making changes to your dog’s diet.
🦮Maintain Regular Exercise
While it's tempting to stay inside where it's warm, regular exercise is crucial for your dog's well-being. Bundle up and take them for shorter, more frequent walks. This can help them stay active and maintain a healthy weight.
🧊Watch for Signs of Hypothermia
Know the signs of hypothermia in dogs, such as shivering, weakness, slowed heartbeat, and pale gums. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's essential to warm your dog up immediately and contact your vet if necessary.
❌Avoid Toxic Substances
Antifreeze, rock salt, and de-icing chemicals can be harmful to dogs. Ensure that your dog does not ingest these substances. Keep antifreeze containers out of reach, and after outdoor walks, rinse or wipe your dog's paws to remove any salt or chemicals.
💧Keep An Eye On Hydration
Dogs can get dehydrated in the winter just as they can in the summer. Make sure your dog has access to fresh, unfrozen water at all times. The dry winter air can increase their thirst.
🔥Create Cozy Indoor Spaces
Make your home a warm and inviting place for your pup. Provide comfortable dog beds and blankets for them to snuggle into. A warm and welcoming space will encourage them to stay inside during the cold winter days. After all, a cozy dog is a happy dog — and a happy dog makes for a happy dog parent.
Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy the winter season with your beloved furry companion, Healthygang!