With winter in full swing, a lot of us are bundling up and wearing extra layers. When it comes to your dogs, things can get a bit tricky.
That’s where Canine Cottages and Rachel Rodgers come in. Both based out of the UK, these two teamed up to come up with ways to keep your dogs safe during this harsh season. It’s not easy for us and it’s most certainly not easy for our pups.
Regardless, these tips should help you to keep your pup warm and safe amidst the cold and harsh days of winter. Snow can already be such a danger on its own and adding your pets into the mix can be an even bigger obstacle to handle.
Thankfully, Canine Cottages and Rachel Rodgers gave us some tips and things to try out to help your dogs feel as safe and as warm as possible during the winter season.
Canine Cottages and Rachel Rodgers share some tips for dogs this winter.
Let’s start with the first tip shared by Rachel and one I don’t think enough pet parents think about and that’s getting your dog a coat. We’re all wearing coats so why not them? This is a splendid idea especially if you’re taking your dogs on walks this winter season. If your dog is used to those temps, you might not need a coat but if you’re used to spending a warm and cozy evening with them, a coat is a good idea.
The other thing to think about is if your dogs will react well to the cold. Puppies and smaller dogs pose a risk as they’re not the best at maintaining their body temperature. In addition, older dogs could have an arthritis flare-up so make sure to keep that in mind. For older dogs though, we all know how much pampering they need.
If you’re walking and notice certain signs such as: “If your dog slows down on their walk, is cold to the touch, slows their breathing or worse, collapses during or after the walk, you must seek veterinary attention immediately.” That’s obviously something to keep in mind if you’re planning on taking walks in the snow. Hopefully, you’ll be trying to stay as warm and dry as possible, though.
Last but not least, it’s a good idea to check out your dog’s paws after a walk. You can try washing them with warm water and even, adding some paw balm. You know your dogs best so keeping an eye on them and noting any changes is good, too. Thanks so much to Canine Cottages and Rachel Rodgers for sharing these tips with us!