Caring for Your Dog this Winter: Part One
There are a few breeds who may actually prefer the colder temperatures of winter, namely the Saint Bernard, Husky, Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Great Pyrenees! These dogs thrive in the snow, but for any other breed, there are guidelines to follow to ensure a healthful, warm season for your furry friend.
Helpful tips to care for your dog in the winter
A good reminder to be mindful of is, if you need a coat to be out in the cold, your dog might as well! The thought behind a dog having a fur coat and being able to withstand cold temperatures better than humans is a misconception. Most dogs have become acclimated to be primarily indoors and are accustomed to the warmth of indoor shelter; colder outdoor temperatures can be just as hard on them.
With dropping temperatures, always look for signals from your dog that it is cold. This may present as whining, shivering, or appearing anxious.
Consider the temperature
While some breeds have a thick, full coat that better equips them for colder climates, dogs with a short, thin coat may need a winter coat. A good example of a dog who needs a wintertime coat is a Whippet.
A perfect dog coat should cover the base of the neck to the base of the tail, and reach around to the belly. Keep in mind, a coat does not always prevent frostbite on the outermost extremities including the ears, feet, and tail.
Here comes the sun
When the temperatures are coldest in the morning and after sundown, if you can, try walking your dog in the late morning or early afternoon when the sun is at its peak. Play with your dog outdoors and keep them moving to create body heat to help keep them warm.
Keep your dog indoors when you’re away
Dogs are inherently social, and like to be apart of the pack, with the family. Make sure your dog gets enough exercise throughout the day, but keep your dog in the rest of the day and when you’re not home. Don’t leave your dog out when temperatures are dropping, a good reminder is if you’re outdoors with them and ready to come in, they probably are too.
Consider different bedding
If you live in a home without carpet, you might want to change your dog’s bedding for the winter. Cold floors can suck the body heat right out of your dog causing them discomfort. Create a comfortable environment with blankets. A raised bed can also be helpful in keeping your dog off cold tile and wood floors. Placing your dog’s bed away from drafty places can also help keep them warm!
Consider grooming your dog daily
To keep your dog properly insulated in the winter, be sure to keep them well-groomed. If your dog is spending time outdoors and in the snow, this is especially important. Always towel dry and brush your dog after time in the snow!
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