Baby, it’s (getting) cold outside. And with winter right around the corner, taking the proper precautions now will keep your pet feeling all warm and fuzzy over the holiday season.
While most dogs are covered in fur, their coats offer very little protection in cold, hazardous conditions. In case you’re wondering what you can do to keep Fido under wraps this winter, The Barking Lot came up with a few tips we think will help out.
Keep Your Pet’s Fur Dry
Just like humans, dogs can suffer from hypothermia. Because they have a higher body temperature, pets have the tendency to experience cold more severely than we do. Dogs of a certain age – very young or very old – and dogs with specific health conditions like hypothalamus are more susceptible to hypothermia.
In cold weather, when your dog’s fur is wet, it sheds the majority of its insulation. His nose, ears and paws are also exposed to low temperatures. Experts suggest keeping your pet confined to warm, dry areas – preferably someplace where there’s shelter, and equipped with food and water.
Avoid Exposing Your Dog to Antifreeze or Salt
Antifreeze is one of those things that’s like a blessing and a curse. It’s essential to keeping your engine running in the winter, but could also be considered sweet and tasty by your pet. So, it’s important to help your dog avoid this toxic chemical. If you spot an oily, bluish green looking substance on the concrete, keep your pet away it.
Salt may not be toxic like antifreeze, but if ingested, could lead to serious stomach problems for your dog. Because the tiny pebbles can easily get caught in his paws, check your pet’s feet indoors and remove any salt. Wipe his paws down to help eliminate any residue.
Help Your Pet Keep Warm
Because the snow and other winter elements can put your pet at risk for hypothermia, it’s a good idea to invest in some warm doggy wear for your pooch. Experts suggest when bundling your dog up and sending him outside to play, to keep an eye on him to make sure his clothes are fitted and comfortable so they don’t become a safety hazard.
Practice Fireplace Safety
There’s nothing like hanging out by a toasty yule log in the midst of winter. But when ashes or embers from the hearth escape and land on an unsuspecting pet, the results can be painful. It’s possible to train your dog to avoid fire altogether, but you can also steer clear of any unnecessary accidents by gating off areas near the fireplace.
Stop by The Barking Lot today and check out our large selection of dog sweaters and booties to help keep you furry family member warm all winter long!