As much as we love the holidays, the winter and the times we get to cuddle with our furry friends under a cozy blanket by the fireplace, fur is not enough to protect our pets from the varying temperature. So, here are winter safety precautions that will prevent the cold weather from affecting your pet's health and holiday mood.
Don't let Hypothermia and Frostbite 'bite'
Brrrrr! With varying degrees of coldness, frostbite happens when your pet's body gets cold. The body will immediately pull blood from other body parts to keep the center of the body as warm as possible. Your pet's skin may turn ice cold and hard.
Hypothermia can also happen. The cold can greatly affect the your pet's ability to circulate blood and breathe properly. This is life threatening. To avoid hypothermia in your pet, you should definitely be mindful enough to know if your pet is cold and then you should keep them warm and dry. All. The. Time.
You can do this by letting your pet wear a good coat (only if necessary) and towel them off after rolling around in the snow. Something that is also extremely important is to make sure your fur-baby is completely dry after a bath! The use of heating pads for your cold little pup are also a good idea, too .
Keep watch for Cracked, Dry Skin
Just like with humans, winter and less humidity can cause your pet's skin to itch and flake. Keep your home humidified as much as possible and observe your pet's feet and toes. If you feel like your pet's skin is beginning to become dry, applying a healing balm specially formulated for animals.
To help prevent dry and cracked skin (which if untreated can be really painful), moisturize your pet's skin and provide her a supplement that will keep her skin and coat healthy - making her look even more beautiful, too!
Always stay hydrated
Winter can dehydrate your pets, too, as much as summer does! Make sure your pet has an easy access to water, so she doesn't go parched.
Kick nutrition up a notch
Be observant of your pet's activity level and adjust her diet accordingly. There are pets that become more active during winter months and they'll need more calories. While pets who prefer being a couch potato will need to cut off on some calories so they don't gain extra weight.
No one knows their dog better its own dog mom and/or dad! So, keep an eye on your pet's activity level and make sure she is getting the appropriate amount of nutrients and exercise so she can stay healthy during the winter months, as the winter months can be a 'down hill' time for our senior pets or pets with health conditions.
Bask in the Sun...
...If ever Mr. Sun decides to come out. Take the time to go outside, when temperatures are a bit warmer. Sunshine can do so much for you and your dog. You also need to sweat out a little bit so go ahead and have that snowball fight, play 'keep away', and run around!
Don’t force 'breaks' outside
Pets are the most vulnerable to harsh winter conditions and you may find you are having trouble to get your pet dog to go outside to potty (I'm sure a lot of you are shaking your heads). Putting some pee pads down is one option, although, having already trained your dog to go outside, it may be hard to get them to use them. A better option is to use dog / cat diapers. These will successfully catch any pee and poop, so your dog can stay warm and dry while your home stays nice and clean.
Winter safety precautions for you and your pets are important to keep them safe and happy this season. And no matter what your winter plans are as a family, one thing should always remain constant: it’s a time where our adorable furry friends need more love and care.