Help my dog through the winter
As soon as it is freezing outside, your teeth will not only be chattering, your dog can also get cold. How do you prevent your four-legged friend from getting too cold? Animal Protection knows what to do.
1: Feet off the floor
As it gets colder and colder, it is important that you keep your dog moving when walking. Especially when they have started to roll around and romp in the snow, you want to keep your animal moving. Once home, it is wise to dry your dog and give it a warm place in the house.
2: Pedicure for the dog lover
Dogs are naturally less cold than the average Dutch person. Only for them there is also a limit to where they like and can cope with the cold. In extreme (freezing) cold it is smart to grease the soles of the feet. For example, lubricate it with petroleum jelly or special tar that you buy from the vet.
But there is more you can do with the legs. Trim long strands of hair from between the toenails. If you don’t do this and it is freezing hard, icicles can grow between them.
Does your dog suffer from wounds on the legs? During a winter exhaust tour, make sure that they cannot come into contact with the cold air. Or harden the soles of the feet by, for example, special dog shoes. You your gloves, your dog on the foot warmers.
3: Avoid contact with ice
Ice provides ice fun. Many owners think that the dog is having fun by slipping and sliding. Know that it can be very dangerous. Not so! It is sometimes difficult to estimate how strong the ice is. Before you know it, your dog will fall through the ice and become hypothermic. Not to mention slips with which they can hurt themselves (and others) badly. Often resulting in a visit to the vet.
4: Make your dog a circular spot of light
Especially now that winter is in full swing it is dark longer than light. As soon as you make your exhaust tour in the morning or in the evening, it is probably still (almost) dark. Where you turn on your lights when you travel from A to B, it is also a smart move for your dog to illuminate it. Consider, for example, a light on the collar or a real collar with lighting. Very safe and handy to find your loebas during those dark days.
5: Stay away from brine and antifreeze
Winter weather conditions require road salt and antifreeze. Two products that you want to keep your four-legged friend far away from. If your dog takes a lick of road salt, serious salt poisoning and a visit to the vet are lurking. And with antifreeze? The sweet smell and taste trigger dogs to taste some of it. Don’t, it’s poisonous as hell!
Pay extra attention
There are a number of types of dogs that you should especially keep an eye on when walking in winter to prevent hypothermia or frostbite. Dogs where it is best to put shoes on the legs. Pay extra attention to:
- Puppies: The cute little ones are still fully growing, so their fat content and coat are not yet what they should be to protect the dog from the cold. Young dogs are therefore extra vulnerable.
- Light and small dogs: Dogs that carry little body fat tend to get cold more quickly. Small four-legged friends lose heat more quickly. Keep a close eye on both types of dogs.
- Dogs on age: Senior dogs are less able to regulate their body temperature. Prefer to wrap them warm or give them a cozy warm place when you return home.
- Dogs with a thin coat: Wet noses with a very thin coat have – as you can imagine – extra to endure with cold weather conditions. Pack it!
If you have any questions? Do not google it, but contact your doctor. They are happy to give you tailor-made advice, so that your four-legged friend can enjoy the winter flawlessly.