10 Tips for Caring for your dog in cold winter

 10 Tips  for Caring for your dog in cold winter 

10 Tips  for Caring for your dog in cold winter

Not all dogs tolerate cold weather. There are breeds that can adapt to cold weather and snow, such as the Husky, and there are dogs that cannot live in low temperatures. On the subject of this day, we will put 10 tips for Caring for your dog in cold winter for dogs that do not adapt to cold weather.

Chapped paws and itchy, flaky skin can result from exposure to winter's dry, cold air and chilling rain, sleet, and snow, but these aren't the only discomforts dogs might experience. If chemicals from ice-melting products are licked off of bare paws, winter walks can turn downright hazardous. Please heed the following recommendations from our specialists to help avoid cold weather hazards from having an impact on your pet's health:

Tip n°1: learn to identify the coldness of your doggie

As soon as a dog feels the cold intensely and suffers from it, it is important to act to prevent him from having to bear this unpleasant sensation that could make him sick. When the temperature drops to 5°C or less, the dog can suffer the full effects of the cold.

Tip n°2: adapt to the needs and characteristics of your dog

Just because your neighbor's dog is cold-resistant doesn't mean yours will. As with humans, some doggies are more sensitive to the harshness of winter and this gap is even wider depending on dog breeds, but also on their weight, lifestyle and age.

Tip n°3: offer him a diet adapted to his needs

Again, you have to take your dog's habits into account. If he lives mostly indoors throughout the year, do not change his diet. It's not the few outings to relieve themselves that will have a real impact on their nutritional needs, so don't take the risk of making them gain too much weight.

Tip n°4: Avoid tying up your dog

It is best not to attach your dog to a leash when living outside in the winter. He needs to be able to move enough and freely to keep warm when he feels the need. On the contrary, allow him to move as he pleases and freely to avoid cold, frostbite to the legs, or even hypothermia. Even a breed of dog capable of withstanding the harshness of winter needs toexert itself to keep warm, this is how the animal fights against the cold, movement helping it to maintain its body temperature at a normal level.

Tip n°5: install a protective shelter

If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, you absolutely must adapt his shelter for the winter. It is essential for him to have the possibility of protecting himself in a secure shelter isolated from the cold ground. To do this, raise it slightly by placing feet under it, a pallet or any other suchaccessory. You will prevent him from being in direct contact with frost, cold and rain.
Also equip the shelter with a solid, insulated and well waterproof roof to prevent snow and rain from seeping in. Also orient it so as to protect it from strong winds. Inside, insulate the floor with straw to keep the heat in and lay down comfortable and cozy blankets so that pooch can feel warm. Do not hesitate to protect the entrance by installing a swing door if space permits or plastic slats. This will keep the heat inside and prevent the cold and humidity from penetrating too much.

adapt to the needs and characteristics of your dog

Tip n°6: think about pads

The dog's pads are very sensitive in winter, because they are in constant contact with the ground. Rain, snow, frost, ice, salt deposited on the roads and sidewalks… all this damages the skin and can cause frostbite or any other type of injury.
To protect your pet's pads, you can protect it before each outing with a suitable, surgras balm, based on coconut oil, sweet almond and/or shea butter, or even beeswax. . However, avoid cocoa butter, which is toxic to dogs. After going out, dry his paws thoroughly and reapply some conditioner if the pads need moisturizing.

Tip n°7: Dress it up

Dressing your dog in winter is not so useless as that. Admittedly, we're not talking about making him a star pooch wearing a human outfit that gives him a somewhat ridiculous look. No, we're talking about protecting your little friend from the cold with a specially designed dog coat.
Indeed, as we have said, not all breeds of dogs can tolerate the cold. Some animals really suffer from going out in winter weather because of their small size, their low weight, their hair that is too short or even their old age. In this case, a coat is necessary.

Tip n°8: adopt the right protective measures after your outings

If you take your dog out when it's snowing or freezing on the roads, take good care of his paws on the way home. Indeed, as we have said, snow, frost and salt deposited in public spaces are known to irritate the pads of our little four-legged friends. As a result, as soon as you return from your walks, carefully dry his paws with a soft, warm towel, gently patting the pads.

Tip n°9: consult the veterinarian in case of symptoms

Of course, it goes without saying that if your dog seems sick, it's important to take him to the vet. Our doggie friends can refstiffen in winter to the point of catching a cold because of the drops in temperature and the great variations between indoors and outdoors, but also because of the winds and rains which cool the body.

Tip n°10: Don't overuse the baths

Do not multiply the baths for the dog, and this, throughout the year. In fact, water and shampoos tend to expose the skin bare by eliminating the natural barrier that forms on the surface of the epidermis. In winter, too frequent baths not only eliminate this famous protective sebum to the point of no longer allowing the doggie to protect itself naturally from the cold, but it is also necessary to keep in mind the fact that the animal has more difficulty warming up afterwards. washing due to low temperatures.

achraf ben ammar

About the blogger: An expert in breeding and training dogs. He obtained his certificate in this specialty in 2012 from the Military School. He developed his field from the specialty of dogs to an expert in raising pets in general.

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