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Puppy, it’s cold outside!

February 13, 2016

Now that winter is in full swing, and spring is not quite around the corner, dog owners need to protect their canine friends from the cold. Even if there isn’t any snow on the ground the temperatures can drop low, especially at night. If it’s too cold for you to be outside then it’s too cold for your puppies to be outside.

 

Learn your specific breed’s cold tolerance. Not all breeds are built for being outside in the winter. Many dogs such as Huskies that have undercoats or are double-coated were built for cold weather; smaller breeds such as Chihuahuas were not.

 

Some cold weather tips to keep you and your furry friends safe this winter:

  • Rinse any salt off of your dog’s paws after you take a walk. Chemicals can irritate your dog’s paws and your dog can ingest the salt by licking its feet, which can lead to stomach problems.

  • Clip your dog’s nails. According to the pedigree.com website, “Long nails will make your dog's toes spread when he walks, allowing more room for snow and ice build up between his toes.” This can be uncomfortable for your pooch and cause injury to his or her paws.

  • Trim your dog’s fur between his toes. This will also keep ice and snow build up to a minimum.

  • Keep your dog on a leash. Snow can cover up smells and odors dogs use to find their way back home. They have a strong sense of smell and snow can cause them to lose this. Also, everything being covered up will make their surroundings less familiar.

  • Avoid spills in driveways. Anti-freeze is deadly to your four-legged friend. Keep all animals away from this poisonous solution; it tastes good to them and can be lethal.

    These tips can help to keep your pet safe from the dangers of winter weather. Also remember to have fun with your best friend. Winter is also a time for running in the snow, throwing snowballs, and, if you’re a dog, burying your nose deep in the snow and then making snow angels. Well, human’s can make snow angels too!
     

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