There are many dog races such as small, with little or no hair breeds, puppies and older dogs that have no problem with the winter, but dogs with health problems such as arthritis may be vulnerable in winter. In winter temperatures and the domestication of the dog, almost all dogs are susceptible and this can affect their health and wellbeing. Take care of yours by taking necessary measures.
Limit Time Spent Outdoors
The dog should not be out for a long time. If you have to take your dog for hygienic reasons or to walk, note that if it trembles or refuses to walk, take it back home. Keep in mind that you can exercise indoors too.
Don’t Let Your Dog Out Alone!
You must never let your dog out of your house without you. Do not open the door to leave the pet into the yard. Put the belt and pull it out yourself. By letting your dog out, you only expose your dog to inclement weather.
Have a Comfortable Home
Your home is the best place for your dog in winter. Close the windows, keep a good temperature and ensure you have food, water, a place to lie down and some toys. To avoid unnecessarily feel misplaced, do not change its schedule i.e. feed it and get it out for a walk at the same time. Dogs are creatures of habit.
Consult Your Veterinarian
Your dog should go to the vet every six months, so take it for routine checkups and ensure you are updated on its vaccinations.
Usually dogs do not need clothes, but small breeds, puppies and dog with little or no hair would benefit from a sweater or coat in cold weather.
Avoid Salt to Melt Snow
Salt can cause injury and pain to your dog. Maybe your dog complains that it hurts when it is uncomfortable or wet. Watch where you walk with your dog and try to avoid salt. If your dog eats, it may experience stomach problems and vomiting. If it has eaten a lot, see your veterinarian.
Protect It from Hypothermia and Frostbite
When the dog is exposed to freezing temperatures for prolonged time, it can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite. Freezing temperature affects body parts like ears, tail and legs and one of the most extreme consequences is amputation necrosis, or death of tissue. If you notice pallor, flushing, lethargy or collapse, take your dog to a warm place, put a warm towel and contact your veterinarian.
Catering to Your Dog
If your dog is particularly sensitive in the winter, it is too old or has some illness, taking into account their needs and act in accordance is essential. Please, click here for more tips about caring your dog.