Most of us are conditioned to believe that simply because most dogs have coats, that they are impervious to the cold weather. This belief is further promoted by the many clips on YouTube and other videos sites showing dogs frolicking in the snow during the wintertime. However, the truth is that depending on the breed and type, dogs can feel the cold just as much as we humans do. In fact, hairless breeds are especially sensitive to low temperatures. At Dog Stuff, where we sell a variety of gifts for dog lovers including a golden retriever statue, we want to remind owners to keep in mind the comfort of our four-legged friends as temperatures fall in many parts of the country. Here are some tips for keeping your pooch from freezing this fall and winter.
- Watch for frostbite and hypothermia: Just as in humans, a dog’s body will naturally draw warmth and blood away from the extremities in cold weather leaving it susceptible to frostbite. Signs of frostbite in dogs include of pale or grey skin and skin that is hard and cold. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, lethargy and depression.
- Bring them inside: Even if your pet is normally an outdoor pet, it can still get a chill when temperatures drop. Bring your pet inside during extremely cold weather.
- Change his his/her walk times: We all know dogs like to walk even in the dead of winter. Try changing his/her walk times to typically warmer times of the day such as the middle of the afternoon or the early evening.
- Make his/her bedding cozier: Remember that our dogs live very close to the floor at all times and that the floor becomes particularly cold in the winter. Try raising your dog’s bed, providing him with extra blankets, and placing him near warm spots in your home such as a heating vent.
- Keep him safe from winter toxins: Anti-freeze, for example, is extremely toxic to dogs and cats in even relatively small amounts. Be sure to not let your dog wander near the garage or other places where he may encounters spills.
- Watch his/her paws: Ice can freeze your dog’s paws and salt can burn them. Be careful to watch his pads and consider providing him with booties. We sell fleece booties in all sizes.
In conclusion, by keeping an eye on your dog you can insure that he and you both enjoy the coming seasons of fall and winter