The weather outside is frightful…

Photo: Gerhard Suster
Photo: Gerhard Suster

I don’t know about your part of the world but here it’s cold and snowy. The dog likes fresh snow (the cat is happy to stay inside and avoid that cold stuff) but sometimes it can pose a risk to dogs. You might chuckle at those small dogs wearing coats but the reality is puppies, seniors and short coated dogs do not tolerate cold weather very well. Even cold weather breeds can have issues with their paws in winter. Here are some cold weather tips and ideas to help keep your dog happy this winter.

Just like humans pets can suffer frostbite. Ears, tails, and feet are the most susceptible so be sure to  monitor them for signs (red/pale/greyish) of frostbite and only let your dog out for bathroom breaks when the windchill is high. When coming in from a walk it’s a good idea to wash your dog’s feet to remove any sidewalk deicer residue (they can burn your dog’s feet). Alternatively, you can buy dog boots or make your own (it’s really easy to do even for those who are not very sewing inclined).

We based our dog boots off of this video..

We made ours a bit longer with two velcro strips instead of one. We also left a slit on one side to make it easier to put on.

Finally, if your dog spends a lot of time outside, don’t forget to increase the size of your dog’s meals since they are burning extra calories to stay warm.

 

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