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Winter is a very cold time of the year – some would even go as
far as to say brutally cold. It could have an effect on all of
us, dogs included. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean
that you should sacrifice your dog’s exercise and physical
well-being. Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind
while walking your dog this winter.
Keep his toe hair clippedIce tends to
accumulate around the hair on his toes, so make it a point to
keep it clipped while you’re out walking.
Try some booties.Boots can be hugely
beneficial to dogs during the harsh winter months. The snow and
the ice tends to dry out your dog’s paws faster and chill him.
Dog booties will also keep your dog’s delicate paws from drying
out from all the chemicals and salt that people put on the
street in order to clear out the snow. Something else you can
try, and is just as effective as wearing booties, is paw wax.
Some dogs are overly uncomfortable wearing booties and you can
try was for those cases.
Wipe down his paws after a walk.You never know
what he picks up on the street or stuck to the snow. That’s why
it’s so important to wipe his paws, every time you get back
form a walk. Make sure you wipe them before he licks them.
MoisturizeAfter you’ve wiped down his paws,
moisturize! This is a very important step in caring for his
paws, especially during winter. It prevents the paws from
drying. If you want to opt for a more natural moisturizer, try
coconut oil. When your pet licks his paws, and he will, coconut
oil would be the safest choice because it’s enriched with
healthy fats and vitamins.
Keep your walks short.Your dog’s already
burning enough energy already through keeping warm. If he’s
tired, go back home. He may be freezing! Better to warm him up
quick than unnecessarily lengthening the walk.
Stick to the part where there’s sidewalk.Try
keeping him out of the places where there’s deep snow. Walking
in the deep snow could be fun for a short period of time, but
in the long run, it’s likely to get your dog colder, faster.
Leave the heavy snow walking for shorter walks like when you’re
just out playing in the backyard, and home is close by.
Plan your walksDon’t let a blizzard catch you
with your pants down. Better to check the weather and know the
trail before taking your dog out for a walk.
Walk during the day.Although the chances of
the sun being out are slim, it’s comparatively warmer during
the day than in the evening.
4 Common Winter Health Hazards for Pets
Winter may look pretty, with everything covered in snow, but it’s
not the best time for your health. We all know that winter means
keeping yourself protected to avoid the flu and falling sick, and
the same goes for your furry friends. They too can get sick
easily during the colder weather if necessary steps to prevent
these illnesses are not taken.
It’s important to keep your pet safe from certain health hazards
which are extremely common during winter. But first, you need to
know what these hazards are, what you are protecting your pet
from. Below we talk about the 4 most common health hazards for
your pets during winter:
Hypothermia means extremely low body temperature which is a
result of prolonged exposure to a cold environment. Winter is not
just cold, but it can be wet too, which means that your pet’s fur
tends to get wet. This wet fur can freeze, and cause hypothermia
as well. If you pet has become lethargic and is constantly
shivering, it may mean hypothermia. Keep them warm and protected
whenever you are stepping out of the house with them by making
them wear sweaters, coats and booties.
If you pet has frostbite due to spending too much time in the
cold without necessary protection, it means their tissue shave
been damaged. This results in their skin looking extremely pale
and sometimes, even blueish in color. If your pet has
hypothermia, there is a high chance they have frostbite too. Make
sure to check their paws, ears and tail to see if there is any
change in color. If so, make sure to keep them warm by covering
them in blankets and take them to the vet.
• Kennel cough
Kennel cough, despite its name, can affect both dogs and cats.
It’s called so because it is more likely to be seen in pets which
are often confined to small spaces with little ventilation and
light. It is a viral infection that is most common during winter,
and its most obvious symptom is a persistent cough. Sneezing
constantly and having a runny nose are also other common
symptoms. Make sure to take your pet to the vet as soon as
Anti-freeze contains ethylene glycol, a chemical which gives its
sweet taste. As a result, pets often lick anti-freeze off of the
street, sidewalk and even garage floors. However, this is harmful
for your pet and not meant to be ingested. Signs of anti-freeze
poisoning include not being able to walk properly, vomiting,
seizures and even a coma. Make sure to keep this product out of
your pet’s reach and thoroughly clean all spills.
Keeping Your Pets Warm and Safe During Winter
Now that the cold winter is here, we’re looking for ways to keep
ourselves warm – from pulling out blankets to wearing socks, hats
and gloves. However, we are not the only ones who are trying to
beat the winter cold. Even our furry little friends are trying to
make sense of these weather changes and looking for ways to keep
You may think that just because they have their furry coats, they
don’t feel the cold, but you’re wrong. So, here are some steps
you can take to help keep your pets warm sand safe during winter.
Don’t let them spend too
much time outside
You may be tempted to play with your pet outside in the snow,
but spending too much time outside during winter isn’t the best
idea. Dogs especially, may like to play in the snow, but make
sure their time outside is limited. Your pets, even though they
have furs, aren’t meant to be in the freezing outdoors for long
periods of time. Even when they step outside, it should only be
to engage in physical activities, and this should be limited
Give them warm sweaters and
You can get your pet a cute, little sweater to help keep them
warm during winter. They will appreciate the extra warmth. When
going outside, they will need these to protect them from the
biting cold. Especially if your pet isn’t thick-furred like
certain dog and cat breeds, make sure they have this extra
layer of protection and warmth with them.
Make sure their precious
paws are protected
Apart from a sweater or a jacket, make sur to get cute booties
for your pet too! Many pet-owners tend to forget that their
pet’s paws are exposed to all kinds of harsh surfaces. They
come in direct contact with the freezing ground, not to mention
various toxic chemicals like de-icers and antifreeze they may
pick up. Wipe their paws to keep them clean, and give them
booties to keep warm.
Keep winter hazards away
from their reach
Just like any other weather, certain items in the house may not
be the safest for your pet. And since pets can eb extremely
playful and curious, it’s best to keep such hazardous objects
and items away from their reach. For instance, if you have a
space heater at home, there is high chance that your pet could
burn themselves. So, keep this away from their reach.
Give them a cozy and warm
Just like how you like to cozy up with warm and snuggly
blankets, you pet also enjoys covering themselves in layers of
blankets. Make sure to provide them with a few extra layers of
warmth during the winter to make their nights more comfortable.