Tips on protecting your dog from cold winter temperatures
With cold weather and winter approaching, everyone will be bundling up to stay warm.
While we can make ourselves warm easily, it's important to remember to keep your dogs warm too.
Most dogs can tolerate temperatures above 45 degrees but become more prone to the cold and begin to feel uncomfortable when the temperature dips below that mark.
All dogs, especially small breed dogs with thin coats, and very young or old dogs, should be monitored closely when the weather is below 32 degrees. Once temperatures drop below 20 degrees, all dogs can develop frostbite and hypothermia.
The temperature is not the only thing that can affect dogs.
Here are some tips to keep your dog safe during the winter months:
- Wipe your dog's paws after walks to get rid of salt and toxic chemicals that could damage their paw pads
- Do not let pets walk on ice-covered bodies of water
- Keep dogs on a leash - If a dog is lost in the winter, recognizable scents can be disguised by snow and ice
- Use caution when using antifreeze and clean up spills immediately - antifreeze tastes sweet and is toxic to dogs
- Do not leave dogs in cold cars
- Make sure to have extra medication and food in the event of a blizzard