Niklas enjoys being outside on a sunny winter
day, but comes in to get warm later on.
Brrrr…it’s cold outside!
When the temperature (and the snow) begins to fall, you'll find
that your pet needs a little extra
care from you. The following guidelines will help you protect your animals when
the mercury dips:
Never let your dog off the leash on snow
or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and
easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any
other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.
Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and
stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest
salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking
his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
Never shave your dog down to the skin in
winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.
do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to
housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the
weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside.
your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take
him outdoors only to relieve himself or consider getting him a
coat or sweater with coverage from the
base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter
Nanny Millie keeps warm with a wonderful coat. Many seniors need help
Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged
in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly
protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.
On the other hand, indoor dogs may get less
exercise in the cold months, and will need fewer calories to avoid weight
When you bathe your
dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking
him out for a walk.
Never leave your dog or cat alone in a
car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter,
holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
we believe your dog should be inside and part of your family, if he does
live outdoors or spend long periods of time there, he needs a dry,
elevated doghouse with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to
keep drafts out. Click
here for how to build a great outdoor doghouse
Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal
poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from
your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol
rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the
Animal Poison Control Center more information.
Make sure your companion animal has a
warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog
(or cat) bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
Delilah enjoys a soft blanket and warm
fire in her foster home.
thanks to the ASPCA